Mike Richards comments on Jeff Carter trade rumors

Richards and Beriner (photo: D. Sheehan)

The rumors are out there. It’s inevitable at this time of year. And, given the Kings’ lack of offense this season, what else do you expect?

Every few days a new rumor pops up, with this player or that player on their way to LA. So far, GM Dean Lombardi hasn’t consummated a trade. However, it’s not for lack of trying. His cell phone bill has probably never been higher. Around the NHL, it’s a sellers market and therein lies the problem. Too many teams needing players, not enough willing to sell. Prices are high.

Besides Rick Nash, the other name most often linked to the Kings of late has been Jeff Carter – who just happens to be Mike Richards‘ best friend.

“I talk to him probably three or four times a week,” said Richards, commenting on the close relationship they’ve maintained after both were traded out of Philadelphia over the summer.

Now, Carter may be on the move again. Columbus thought they had finally hit the jackpot last June, dealing for a grade-A center to play with Nash. To say it’s been a nightmare would probably be an understatement and the Blue Jackets are currently looking for somebody to jump in and take over his long-term, big money contract.

“There’s no secret to the possibility of him being traded,” Richards said. “Obviously, if he came here, that would be a benefit to our team. But, we don’t want to give a lot of things up because I think we have a good group here too.”

He nailed it, that’s the problem. Columbus is believed to be asking for a package that includes Jack Johnson and/or Jonathan Bernier in return. In an article here last week, we discussed the challenges such a move brings for the Kings – namely, Jonathan Quick is a walk away free agent in less than 18 months.

Even so, as Drew Doughty admitted the other day, things are becoming pretty tense around the Kings locker room.

“I don’t know if that’s because of the trade deadline or if it’s because people are more focused with where we are in the standings and how important the games are,” Richards said regarding the atmosphere of late.

With the NHL Trade Deadline just a week away, a decision one way or the other will be made soon. Until then, things won’t be easy though.

“It’s just tricky with some of these trade (rumors), it’s hard – especially for some of the rental players. I’m not a big believer in that. Rarely does it ever worked out,” explained Richards. “But, it’s one of those things where people have a lot of pressure. It’s a business, as I learned in the summertime, and there’s a lot of pressure on people to make the right moves…Nobody really knows what’s going on. You hear a lot of the rumors, but you don’t know exactly what’s going on. It happens in sports though. It’s happening with us right now, but we can’t be distracted by it. We just need to play hockey.”

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Kings locker room is tense because of all the trade rumors, per Doughty

Trade Rumors – five things at play for the LA Kings

Ray Whitney sounds like a guy on his way out of Phoenix

Recent Articles

Team Penner v Mayor NHL ASG 2015

The Return of Dustin Penner

It’s time. Dustin Penner is making his return to the world of hockey. Before you get all nitpicky about the title of this article, just wait. It got you here, didn’t it? And who doesn’t love a good Penner story? Since landing in Los Angeles back in 2011, MayorsManor has been one of his favorite […]

Sharkie-Bailey-NHL-hockey-S

Puck Probability: Predictions for Kings at Sharks, with a twist

Hopefully you’re sitting down for this one. During the 2011 playoffs, Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News wrote a disparaging article about L.A. fans and Staples Center. With the Kings and Sharks tied at one game each in their best-of-seven series – and the Kings coming off a 4-0 shutout in San Jose […]

Yellow Horn Ontario Reign v Bulls

Kings Appear Closer to Putting ECHL Team in Manchester

Expect the AHL West stories to ramp up in the coming days. While our sources indicate a formal announcement is not likely before next week, both the ECHL and AHL have Board of Governors meetings during their respective All Star Game festivities this week. How the plan impacts both leagues will be discussed, thus small […]

Major News Items

MayorsManor Prospect Rankings 2015 Midseason

LA Kings 2014-15 Midseason Prospect Rankings: No. 6-10

Yesterday, we rolled out the initial article in our three-part series looking at the midseason updates to the LA Kings top 10 prospects list. Already served up were three honorable mentions – defensemen Kevin Gravel, … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Comments

  1. 4 of a King says: