Kuklas’ misspelled Korner (unless that is some odd Canadian thing too, akin to offence or defence) reports that the Washington Capitals are talking to the Oilers and Canucks about moving 26 year old left winger (emphasis added), Tomas Fleischmann, and seek a defenseman in return. For Kings fans not familiar with Tomas, he is a speedy (think Richardson) winger with a nice scoring touch (think Kopitar light) and responsible defensively (think mandatory Lombardi requirement). He is also only 26 (think Surly) and in his prime (moi).

The claim is that the either Sheldon Souray from the Oilers or Kevin Bieska from the Canucks are in play. I hope it’s not the latter because that would be a steal for the Canucks. Of course, this got me thinking about the Kings. While I recognize the arguments against Fleischman (his numbers may be inflated due to the Capitals factor, he hasn’t proven enough over the years, he is a UFA after this season), would you be willing to give up a Hickey or Voinov for him? Would the Capitals want that or do you believe they want someone proven (read, veteran or close thereto) who is guaranteed to step in now.  As an aside, this report also concerns me more that Willie Mitchell, whose agent indicated he will make his decision this week, may actually be in play for Washington.

Stay tuned.

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