LA Kings: CapFriendly’s trade proposal says goodbye to Quick and Carter

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Breaking down a hypothetical trade between the LA Kings and Colorado Avalanche

LA Kings get: Ryan Graves (D), J.T. Compher LW/C, Avs 2021 first-round pick

Colorado Avalanche get: Jeff Carter (C/RW), Jonathan Quick (G)

As part of this deal, Los Angeles would retain 50 percent of both Carter and Quick’s remaining salaries owed, with Carter’s deal ending after the 2021-2022 season and Quick’s after the 2022-2023 season.

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The Avalanche have a lot of offensive talent out of the lineup, including Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Tyson Jost, Gabriel Landeskog, and Nathan MacKinnon.

Goaltending was a question mark heading into the Avs season, but Phillip Grubauer has answered the bell, posted a 1.67 GAA and .934 SV% in nine games. Acquiring Quick would upgrade the Avalanche’s goaltending depth, with 25-year-old Hunter Miska owning a 3.56 GAA and .881 SV% in two games.

Of course, Carter would give the Avalanche a proven goal scorer, and more importantly, a healthy goal scorer. The 36-year-old had core muscle surgery in the offseason, and he’s been flying around the ice like it’s 2010 out there.

The one questionable area in this trade is the Avs parting with their first-round pick in 2021 to acquire Carter and Quick. Personally, I don’t see that happening, as Colorado doesn’t have a second or fourth-round pick in next year’s draft. To add insult to injury, they are without a second-rounder in 2022 as well. Perhaps the Kings could snag the Avs third-round pick in 2022, as a first-round pick being included in this deal seems outlandish.