NHL Rumors: Los Angeles Kings, and the Buffalo Sabres

NHL Rumors: Los Angeles Kings, and the Buffalo Sabres

The Los Angeles Kings want to make more deals like the Jake Muzzin one. The Buffalo Sabres may keep Jeff Skinner without an extension in place.
When is the best time for Kings to move their veterans?

Curtis Zupke of the LA Times: It might make more sense for the Los Angeles Kings to move some of their veteran players this offseason.

TSNs Darren Dreger said that the Kings will likely make their bigger trade in the in offseason opposed to the deadline.

“TSN, they’re running our team, then I guess they understand that,” Blake said. “There’s speculation every day on this and that. I’m not going to get into that.”

Blake said they are looking for deals like the Jake Muzzin one – draft picks and prospects.

It’s hard to trade a goaltender like Jonathan Quick in-season.

“I’m not sure there is a time frame,” Blake said. “People understand that TSN can say, well, they’re going to do it now or they’re going to do it at the deadline. If the deals are right, if there’s something we like that will improve our team, we’ll look at it. It’s no different than any other year.”

Sabres could keep Skinner without an extension in place

Chris Nichols of Nichols on Hockey: Elliotte Friedman was on Sportsnet 960 talking about the Buffalo Sabres and pending UFA Jeff Skinner.

Friedman thinks the Sabres would keep Skinner past the deadline even if they don’t have an extension in place.

“I think it’s a big number. It’s probably similar to Duchene, the rumors that were out there. But I could see the Sabres saying, ‘Okay, we’re going to take our chances with this.’ Because they do have the one advantage, they can always give him the extra year.

“Sometimes I think you take a chance with it and say, ‘Alright.’ And they’re still in the race. It’s not like they’re giving up. At the end of the year, they have that ability to say, ‘Alright, we control the extra year and we can do that.’”