MayorsManor has never been a rumor site, and we’re not that interested in moving things in that direction. However, you guys have been firing questions from all angles over the past few weeks, so let’s at least update the information we provided in our detailed trade article posted last week.
Now, while the general direction of the plan hasn’t changed much for the LA Kings – they’re still looking for a defenseman first, then a forward as a secondary priority - there are at least a few new notes to pass along…
MayorsManor correspondent Jonathan Davis and I have been working the phones and squeezing our contacts. This is what we’ve learned so far today:
- On defense, the price for Andrew MacDonald was said to be too high and the Kings had lost interest in that deal going back to at least Saturday. Instead, Dean Lombardi has been in heavy talks to acquire a defenseman who is totally off the radar – as in, a name you haven’t been seeing among all the rampant trade speculation. The only hint we can give for now is he’s looking for a rugged, hard-nosed guy to put out on the blue line. If the deal comes off, it will be viewed as more of a ‘hockey deal’ than a deadline deal.
- As we first reported last week, and the rest of the national media seems to slowly be catching up to, Marian Gaborik is Lombardi’s top target at forward.
- Finally, there have been talks between the Flames and Kings for a package deal. While we’ve been told Lombardi is not really interested in Michael Cammalleri (or any other high-priced rental), he’d be willing to take the diminutive sniper if that’s what was needed to pry Mark Giordano out of Calgary. At 30 years old and signed to a reasonable $4M cap hit, this is a deal right in the wheel house. It’s something that was discussed recently, and we’ve learned that the principles involved were Justin Williams, Kyle Clifford, Jake Muzzin and/or a draft pick. However, as of this afternoon, this deal wasn’t the top priority, but considered something the two teams could come back to if other options don’t materialize prior to Wednesday’s deadline.
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