Ranking the Players the Los Angeles Kings Should Covet at the Trade Deadline

Eric McKelvieSenior Writer IFebruary 25, 2015

Ranking the Players the Los Angeles Kings Should Covet at the Trade Deadline

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    The Los Angeles Kings continue to roll as the trade deadline approaches. The Kings have won seven in a row and they now sit in a tie for third place in the Pacific Division. However, Los Angeles has the advantage, as they've played fewer games than the Sharks and Flames

    With the deadline coming up on March 2, the Kings are in position to be buyers as usual. However, given they have no wiggle room under the cap, it seems unlikely a major deal will be made. 

    Then again, Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi has worked his magic before. Here are realistic trade targets with low cap hits.

4. Curtis Glencross, Left Wing, Calgary Flames

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    Age: 32

    Cap hit: $2.55 million

    Why he should be targeted: 

    Curtis Glencross would certainly be a rental. He's seeking a big contract extension that the Flames aren't willing to give him, according to Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun.

    Glencross has eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points in 50 games this season. He likely wouldn't factor in as much offensively with Los Angeles, but he could be a crucial part of the bottom six. He would have plenty of reason to be motivated come playoff time, as he's played only a handful of postseason games in his career. 

    He's the type of player that should work hard in head coach Darryl Sutter's system. 

3. Daniel Winnik, Left Wing, Toronto Maple Leafs

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    Age: 29

    Cap hit: $1.3 million 

    Why he should be targeted: 

    Just what the Maple Leafs will ask in return for Daniel Winnik may be determined by how many players they are looking to deal. 

    With that said, if the cost is reasonable, Winnik could bring depth up front. He's on pace to surpass his 30-point total from a year ago with the Ducks, as he has seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points in 58 games in Toronto. 

    Winnik brings a mix of grit and skill the Kings have become known for in recent years, and he could be a factor on the penalty kill. 

2. Andrej Sekera, Defense, Carolina Hurricanes

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    Age: 28

    Cap hit: $2.75 million

    Why he should be targeted:

    There is no sign that the Kings are going to get Slava Voynov back any time soon. There is no easy way to replace a player of that talent, but the Kings can add depth. 

    Andrej Sekera quietly recorded 44 points in 74 games last season and has 19 in 56 this season on a terrible Hurricanes team.

    He's played well defensively, racking up 98 blocked shots so far. However, he could be a lot better physically down low.

    Sekera's averaging more than 22 minutes in ice time and could slot in on the second or third pairing for the Kings.  

1. Jay McClement, Center, Carolina Hurricanes

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    Age: 31

    Cap hit: $1.0 million

    Why he should be targeted:

    If Mike Richards stays in the minors, adding a center with a very low cap hit who could fulfill a fourth-line role could help the Kings deep in the playoffs. McClement has registered three goals and 12 assists for 15 points. More importantly, he is winning more than 55 percent of his draws. The Kings have struggled in the faceoff circle at times. Having a fourth-line center who can take key faceoffs would be huge. 

    While McClement lacks playoff experience, that's not an area of concern for the Kings. He's the type of player who should continue to play at the same level physically regardless of the situation.

    Stats courtesy of NHL.com and salary information courtesy NHLnumbers.com.


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