LA Kings: Three potential targets leading up to trade deadline

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Eric Staal

The LA Kings could be one of the teams looking to pick at the rotting carcass of the Sabres. We’ve already discussed the possibility of them making a blockbuster trade for Jack Eichel, and Eric Staal is another Sabre who could be of interest to them.

Staal hasn’t had a great season in Buffalo, having scored just three goals and eight points in 22 games so far, but, well, it’s Buffalo. No one’s really been thriving there these days. The 36-year-old Staal had a very solid season for the Minnesota Wild just last year, scoring 47 points in 66 regular-season games as well as five in four playoff games.

He’s on an expiring contract, and likely doesn’t fit into the Sabres’ plans going forward, so he seems like a strong bet to be moved prior to the deadline. Staal can play center or wing, and he seems like a good option for the Kings if they’re looking to add some scoring depth at a low price.