Mar 4, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) reacts against the Nashville Predators at the Staples Center. The Kings defeated the Predators 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Kings Trade for Improved Scoring Balance?


I noted in a previous post about the options for solidifying an experienced defense. It seems like Buffalo is having an open house, windows and doors completely open, to bring in some fresh air to a struggling mid-tier franchise.

Their most recent playoff birth coming in 2010-11 pushing the Philadelphia Flyers to a Game 7 in the Quarter Finals but ultimately getting an early exit.

 

In the same trade rumor detail from INSIDERUMORS.COM, the Buffalo Sabres are looking to see what they can get for Drew Stafford.  Stafford saw his best campaign in 2010-11 with 52 points (31G, 21A) in 62 games played.

 

The Sabres are shopping Stafford. Red Wings, Canucks and Kings have all inquired. I am being told LA is ready to make a splash again at this year’s trade deadline day. 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

source via insiderrumors.com

Jeff Carter is on a tear and the Kings have “Go-Cart”” on the right track, (see what I did there?).However,  even more balance in scoring could also bring the Kings new comfort when they dig themselves in to two or three goal deficits or are in single goal games. Not all games can tilt royale like the St. Louis game.

 

Stafford, age 27, has a cap hit of  $4 million until 2015-16. Currently he has 9 points (2G, 7A) in 27 games this season.

 

Until all lines begin to show life and roll, maybe the reigning Champs need just a little tap on the sack to remind themselves that Los Angeles doesn’t just want a dynasty, but a KINGDOM. A kingdom with rafters filled with beautiful tapestries woven in the success and sweat rooted from a belief system to defend a title.

 

Would Drew Stafford be a nice addition along side Jarret Stoll and Dwight King?

 

Of course he would, but what will it cost?

 

Could this be the solidifying ground for the Jonathan Bernier trade rumors? Getting two quality players for a goaltender like Bernier and maybe some prospects (and, please, Davis Drewiske) could allow the Kings to be an offensive juggernaut to compete with Chicago and dare I care to say it, Anaheim, until the grit of Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell eventually make their way back in to the lineup next season.

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