In case you missed it, the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins hooked up on a good old fashioned, one for one hockey trade yesterday.
Heading to the Pens is snakebitten scorer Tanner Pearson, while the Kings get veteran speedster Carl Hagelin in return.
The Penguins absorbed $250,000 of Hagelin’s salary in the deal, making it an even swap of salary. In effect, it’s a “change of scenery” deal for two struggling players on two struggling teams.
It’s no secret that the Kings have struggled this season, as they currently sit last place in the NHL. Suffice it to say, the Pearson/Hagelin trade isn’t where things end for the Kings and general manager Rob Blake. In fact, it may not even be the end of things for Hagelin, himself.
According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Hagelin may be on the move once more, as Blake continues to rebuild and remould his team’s roster.
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I’m sure the Kings will use Hagelin at some point, flip him for a pick. Trade deadline player. I think that’s what this is, this is the beginning of the Kings dismantling.
Interesting. It certainly makes sense if in fact Blake is intent on rebuilding. However, Hagelin gives the team some real speed, something they’ve been sorely lacking all season long. So, the question is… who else could be on the move?
Again, from Friedman:
I don’t think this dismantling is going to a Kopitar or a Drew Doughty or anything like that. But I do believe that the list of players they are willing to consider is growing.
Tanner Pearson’s name was out there. Dustin Brown has been in and out of the situation and we know what his contract is. Jake Muzzin. Alex Martinez. What is Martinez’s value now, is it as high as it was before? Tyler Toffoli.
What happens if you make Muzzin and Toffoli available?
One thing's for sure, there are still changes to come in Los Angeles.