Anyone who knows me well knows I am an American History geek. And I find so many parallels between America’s past and its present, including the average American’s incredible poor taste in their elected officials and almost pathological ability to repeat mistakes proven by past generations to be foolish.
One of the most interesting times in American history was the slave trade, especially between the 18th and 19th centuries. And if you take a very close look at professional sports, you will see parallels between it and slavery – one of the most compelling being that of the “trade”.
Once slaves were settled in this Country, they either gained or lost value. A hard-working and healthy slave was worth more than its lazy or weak counterpart. Some slaves were the elite of their kind and untouchable assets. Others were disposable.
It was and remains a repugnant time in our history.
It was and remains a very real part of our love of professional sports.
The L.A. Kings are rumored to be looking to make a trade or two.
Top 6? Yes. It is arguably our greatest need. Arguably because I don’t agree but many do.
Depth scoring? That may be just as hard as a top 6. Depth scorers that play 200 feet are not easy to find and assets rarely given up.
Defense? Most say no.
Who do the Kings have to trade?
Picks? Okay, I suppose that is always there but is there a top 6 forward out there that is worth just picks? And do we really believe Lombardi is willing to give up another 1st rounder?
From our top 6? Trade a top 6 forward to get a top 6 forward? Especially when we really only have 5? Who goes?
From our depth players? That is not a 1 on 1 trade. If, for example, you were willing to give up a Trevor Lewis or Kyle Clifford, that would not be enough to land you a top 6 left wing. So you are looking at one of those + another tradable asset and likely a pick.
And who do you give up? Cannot be a left wing. That means Clifford and King are out. A center? Jarrett Stoll is not getting traded. It would gut our depth at center and he is a force on faceoffs. Toffoli? Yes, that is a tradable asset but still not enough to get you a top 6. Fraser, King, Nolan are, at this point in their career, nothing special and are almost throw-ins in any trade. If you disagree, ask yourself if you are being objective?
That brings us to defense. That is what other teams will covet. Any team that can afford to give up a top 6 forward will likely be lacking on the back-end. If they had both, they would be a contender.
If you want a top 6 forward, you may have to give up a top 4 defenseman. Doughty? Hell no. Voynov? Ouch. And we cannot afford to give up Slava because we have nobody that can replace him. He is better than Martinez and on a different plane that Muzzin. After that? Greene? Injured. Mitchell? Has value but we need him more. Regehr? See Mitchell. Martinez? Muzzin? They are expendable but not top 4.
Goaltending? Just traded Ben Scrivens. Not trading Jones.
So that then brings us back to the original premise. Who do the L.A. Kings have to trade for a top 6 forward? A depth player, a depth defenseman and a pick? Not enough.
Enter the prospects. Lots of them. Varied value. If a team covets one of our prospects, it is what can allow a trade like this to happen. Are you prepared to give up a Tanner Pearson or Linden Vey + a depth defenseman + a 1st for a top 6? For a good one, that is what it will take, at a minimum…and anything more, does Lombardi do it?
Questions asked by slave owners. Questions asked by hockey GMs. The more things change…
My answer: Dean Lombardi is not making a trade for a top 6 forward unless he can steal one. “Hello, Craig? Craig MacTavish? Hey…it’s Dean Lombardi…”
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