Two massive trades for the LA Kings franchise. Anyone that knows me knows I'm not afraid to shake things up, and that's just what we've achieved here today.
We're sad to lose Tyler Seguin, he's an immensely talented player that will shine for years to come for the Knights. Entering UFA this season we felt it was a good time to return some value on a piece we felt may well move on July 1st. Additionally we moved Shea Weber, who's struggling somewhat on his return from injury. Chandler Stephenson is a tough one to swallow, because I'm a huge fan of Chandler, but I really think Ekholm will make a huge difference.
We brought in a household name in Kovalchuk who, while immensely expensive, is a great veteran presence to have around the team. The key return, however, for me was Mattias Ekholm. I think very highly of Mattias and confidently believe we have ourselves a long term franchise defenceman.
The second move is somewhat similar - Wayne was a coming UFA. He's been productive every season for us and I'm sure many will attest that I've been unwilling to move him for years now, but eventually all things must come to an end and such is Waynes time in LA. Again the return is a player who we feel has immense upside if he can fully put it all together, but at only 22 years old, he's got time to do so. As an RFA after this season as well it gives us greater control in keeping him past this July.
Los Angeles Kings lines
Anders Lee - Nicklas Backstrom - Kevin Fiala
Tanner Pearson - Vlad Namestnikov - Ilya Kovalchuk
Marcus Sorensen - Andrew Cogliano - Sven Andrighetto
Rourke Chartier - Jordan Martinook - Carl Hagelin
Mattis Ekholm - Mark Giordano
Mirco Mueller - Nick Holden
Ryan Graves - Xavier Oullet