There are quite a few interesting names on defense that are afloat in the NHL rumor mill this trade deadline this April 3rd. With so many impending Free Agents, could this be a trade deadline filled with rentals that require no long term commitment in a shortened season?
The Kings young defense could use another experienced veteran on a slightly inexperienced blueline.
In the absence of shut down defensemen, Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell, Ladislav Smid, Robyn Regehr, and Ryan Whitney are potential trade items for the Los Angeles Kings, according to a small blip from INSIDERRUMORS.COM posted two days ago.
…They do have the authority from the owner to spend to the cap, and I’m being told they target a top 6 forward as well as a solid d-man. Talks ongoing with Sabres for Regehr and Oilers for Smid.
source via insiderrumors.com
The young guns are getting it done and mistakes are expected but, really, unwanted in this truncated season.
Jake Muzzin is flying high with 10 points in his last ten games, but his game often reflects his inexperience in the NHL.
Slava Voynov is solid and also has points in his last five.
Alec Martinez is coming off of an injury and just has not found his legs.
Davis Drewiske. (Please, get him off of the ice)
Keaton Ellerby is ok.
Drew Doughty just needs to find his way to get his first.
Rob Scuderi is a two-time championship defenseman. Enough said.
However, Rob Scuderi is a UFA at the end of this season.
Insert Robyn Regehr.
Regehr, age 32, is tough and had decent seasons with the Calgary Flames, but his two years in Buffalo leave him at a minus 13.
Robyn Regehr’s contract is much like Rob Scuderi’s. Both are UFA’s at the end of the 2013 season. However, Robin Regehr has a cap hit of $4.2 million and, you can assume, his place on the team would only be for a rental. He also could be part of a bigger package coming out of Buffalo and a sensible choice on “D.”
Ladislav Smid and Ryan Whitney are part of the Edmonton Oilers rebuild, which seems to have trouble with their consistency. Trading with the Oilers might warrant more than what’s available. It means the Kings would sacrifice some key farm prospects and possibly a solid NHLer for the likes of Smid and Whitney. Whitney, age 30, has 8 points (3G, 5,A) in 19 games this season. He was also a plus 8 the year the Pittsburgh Penguins met, but lost, to the Detroit Red Wings in 2008-9.
The Kings have a little over $9 million dollars in cap space available.