You reach the peak riding on stars. You lift the Stanley Cup with the backbone of your depth.
Time has not been an ally in the past few weeks but what little I have had to dedicate to puck was spent studying the L.A. Kings depth and possible entrances and exits of such players.
I have come to these conclusions…
It would be a mistake to trade Kyle Clifford. He is now battle tested, has changed his role from the less relevant fighter to the more relevant power forward who will go through walls (with his helmet on), take hits to make plays, give hits to create opportunities and chip in goals and assists, while rarely hurting you on defense.
Jordan Nolan has no such resume.
Adam Cracknell has no such resume.
Andy Andreoff hasn’t had the opportunity to build such a resume and he should be given the opportunity with us.
Unless Kyle Clifford’s past concussions are a reasonably foreseeable hindrance to his continued development, it would be a mistake to trade this asset, carved from steel with a gift for GO, all part of a core deep in skill, speed, size, chemistry and camaraderie.
Let’s win with those with whom we have won and shall win again.
My crystal ball continues to evade me. But absent surprises at camp or knowns that are un, if a trade must be made, it must not be Kyle Clifford.
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