Trade deadline updates, open thread - LA Kings Insider

‘Tis the season, Insiders. And because I watched a rough total of seven minutes of last night’s loss to Anaheim while I sent texts and emails and reported on the Kris Versteeg trade, any sort of WUWTK column would be trite, shallow and not worth your time. Here’s a slightly-longer-than-140 character recap: Though the effort was apparent and the five-on-five play fine, there was still poor detail in the Kings game, which was affected by a difficult three-in-four schedule that concluded on the road against the hottest team in the NHL, and one night after a flawless performance, questions arose again about L.A.’s penalty killing and discipline. Also, the officials made a mistake by not placing 38 seconds back on the clock following the disallowed Milan Lucic goal. You know this, because your eyes were on the ice for longer than mine were.

As for today, I’d be surprised if the Kings made an additional move. In correspondence with several sources last night and in the previous days, it appears as though the team has checked off the boxes they were looking to fill at the trading deadline, which were a depth defenseman, and a winger with skill who could off-set some of the production lost from Marian Gaborik’s injury. I think there’s still the possibility that the team could add another defenseman, but again, any additional move would come more as a surprise, and the club was never involved in any real discussions or showed consistent, genuine interest in some of the higher profile defensemen whose names arose in the previous several weeks – see: Kris Russell and Dan Hamhuis – and, in the case of Russell, the Dallas Stars ended up bringing him aboard. (You probably didn’t want him, anyway.)

Stay tuned, though, because you know how this works – there’s often a flurry of activity right before the 12:00 p.m. deadline. Let’s talk soon, Insiders.

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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