State of the Los Angeles Kings: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Here is the 2nd installment of our expanded NHL Trade Deadline coverage. We’ll be posting team outlooks leading up to trade deadline over the next couple weeks from a variety of contributing writers.

Written by Dennis Bernstein of and can be found on twitter at @DennisTFP

Needs: Nothing but a scorer will do. Although ranked last in offense, Los Angeles is in the top eight in the West due to the stellar work by goaltender Jonathan Quick, the team’s clear cut MVP. With 20 of the Kings final 32 games on the road, their margin for error is miniscule and they must deal for a top six finishing forward in order to qualify for the post season. With the heat on GM Dean Lombardi from ownership to win now, he will likely have to broker a blockbuster along the line of the Mike Richards trade to overcome the lack of production from Dustin Penner and Jarret Stoll, a natural center shuttled to the wing on the second line but unproductive.

In order to bring back a player of that caliber, the Kings will have to deal from their strength, defense and goaltending with Jack Johnson and Jonathan Bernier the assets being offered to the market. While they’d take a producer on either wing, the gaping hole that exists on the left side has not been filled since the departure of Ryan Smyth over the summer. They have over $ 3 million of cap space availability, so to bring in a high priced player for half a season is doable even without a roster player departing. Injured Simon Gagne is not close to being ready and there is increasing talk that he will be landing on Long Term Injured Reserve prior to the deadline for further cap relief. There is some chatter  of interest in New Jersey’s Zach Parise given the Devils reported precarious financial standing but the cost of Dustin Brown and Bernier may only occur if Kings drop out of the top eight in the next month.



  1. Steve

    January 26, 2012 at 11:40 am


    Do you think the Kings would trade Bernier without having quick locked up long-term?

  2. Johnny_O

    January 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I find it surprising how much their offense has struggled this year. Adding a Parise would be a nice addition.

  3. hotwings

    January 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    i dont get the kings.. they seem to be making a lot of bad decisions when it comes to finding added scoring…

    signing alexei ponikovarsky…
    trading for penner..
    betting the farm and getting mike richards…

    im just waiting for another debacle to happen in la la land…

    on paper they seem to have lots of fire power… maybe its the system they play..

  4. Downsy89

    January 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Singing Alexei was because he was the last one on the board during the UFA, because they kept focusing on Kovy. Penner has been a bust, but he been playing much better since Sutter came along. B. Schenn for Richards was perfect. But scoring was down bc of TM (terry murray). They have been having games scoring 2 or more goals now since Sutter showed up.

  5. Jeff

    January 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

    TB should look at Bernier.

  6. Dick

    January 29, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Team need bottom six scoring depth to! Afraid this team won’t be able to muster much in the playoffs even with a scorer, bottom six talent is weak. The team is soft on the wings.

  7. Jeff

    January 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    They need Wayne Simmonds back.

  8. Jason W.

    February 9, 2012 at 1:11 am

    The Kings should trade Doughty, Penner and Bernier to Tampa Bay for Lecavalier, Brewer, Moore and Roloson.

  9. stewert

    May 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    The kings really need help on wings really they have penner and brown they need parisi