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Predicting Protected Lists: Los Angeles Kings 

The Los Angeles Kings may go a more unconventional route than what people are expecting in terms of the expansion draft. Instead of protecting seven forwards and three defensemen, new general manager Rob Blake may elect to go with four forward and four defensemen. 

Up front, the four locks to be protected would be Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli, and Tanner Pearson. 

That’s it. That’s where it ends here. There are certainly other candidates that could have been protected, like Nick Shore and Trevor Lewis, but the Kings have four valuable defensemen that they will not want to lose. 

The four defensemen are Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez, and Brayden McNabb. 

To be fair, the Kings could send McNabb somewhere in a trade in exchange for a forward in the upcoming days. Or, the Kings could bribe George McPhee to take Marian Gaborik or Dustin Brown from them. The second scenario would likely come at a cost of their 11th overall pick, though.   

If the Kings were to protect seven forwards and three defensemen with their current roster, it would likely be Trevor Lewis, Nick Shore, and Nic Dowd in and Brayden McNabb out. 

For goalies, Jonathan Quick will undoubtedly be protected. 

My guess is that the Los Angeles Kings’ protection list will look like the following:

Forwards: Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson

Defense: Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez, Brayden McNabb

Goalie: Jonathan Quick 

As I previously said though, it would not be surprising to see Los Angeles pull off a trade in the upcoming days. If a trade is made, it will obviously affect their standing for the expansion draft heavily. 

Next team: Minnesota Wild

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles


Three teams that could claim Andrew Hammond off waivers

After failing to trade him, the Ottawa Senators placed 28-year-old goaltender Andrew Hammond on waivers earlier today.

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Trade Possibility: Martin Hanzal

Continuing to reform their team, the Arizona Coyotes may be moving on from another veteran. Martin Hanzal, drafted 17th overall in 2005, has played all 557 of his career games with the Coyotes and has 287 points in that time.
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Trade Possibility: Lars Eller 

Continuing with our series, we look at Montreal’s potential trade chip Lars Eller. The Danish center has been subject to multiple rumors over the past few seasons but that all may come to fruition this offseason.  Read the rest of this entry

Milan Lucic’s new contract has the potential to become a disaster

In all likelihood, Milan Lucic will be an unrestricted free agent come July 1st. The 28 year old winger has spent time in both Boston and Los Angeles, accumulating 647 career games, 397 career points, and 851 career penalty minutes.  Read the rest of this entry

Flyers, Kings pull off unexpected trade involving large contracts 

The Flyers have unloaded two more of their bad contracts by trading Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn to the Los Angeles Kings. In return, the Flyers got back Jordan Weal and a third round pick. 

The trade winds were first thrown out there by Bob McKenzie and a few minutes later the trade was announced. 

Elliotte Friedman and Darren Dreger simultaneously reported that the Flyers would be keeping 50% of each salary. Even thought that is a large chunk of change, Luke Schenn’s contract ends after this season and Vinny Lecavalier’s current plan is to retire after the season. The Flyers clear just over four million dollars in cap space with this move, and also give themselves an extra roster space by acquiring a pick instead of an additional player. 

Ron Hextall again proved himself to be a competent and seemingly miraculous general manager with this deal. He has now traded away four bad Paul Holmgren contracts — Grossman, Pronger, L. Schenn and Lecavalier. 

From the Kings’ perspective, they get a much needed defenseman that is only on a one year deal. Lecavalier is on a multi-year deal, but his plans to retire make the burden extraordinarily less. 

This was a weird and unexpected trade, but it has the possibilities to work out for both teams. Time will tell for Los Angeles, but Philadelphia definitely has a winner. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

Big Day: Winnik, Sekera, and Tlusty All Traded

Less than a week before the trade deadline, some pieces up for sale found their new and temporary homes. Wednesday afternoon, all in a matter of three hours of each other, Daniel Winnik, Andrej Sekera, and Jiri Tlusty were all traded. Tlusty heads out of Carolina and will joins the Jets, while Andrej Sekera also leaves Carolina and goes to Los Angeles. Daniel Winnik, one of Toronto’s bright spots this year, was traded to Pittsburgh.
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