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Kings GM seeks scoring upgrade, doesn’t find much

Feb 7, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings are bound to enter the conversation whenever a player that can put the puck in the net comes up in trade speculation.

The Kings have the worst offense in the NHL, averaging 2.1 goals per game. But on the bright side, they’re still likely to make the playoffs thanks to goaltending and team defense.

If only they could score…

Jeff Carter is the big name that’s been speculatively linked to the Kings. Tuomo Ruutu’s another name, though he’s been linked to half the teams in the NHL. Yesterday we added David Jones to the list.

Other than that? According to Kings GM Dean Lombardi, the options are few.

“I’m amazed at how many other general managers say, ‘We can’t score. I say, ‘YOU can’t score?’” Lombardi told the Los Angeles Times yesterday.

“It’s hard to find an upgrade right now.”

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun believes the Kings need to add speed up front – if that’s the case, maybe Ales Hemsky would be worth a look. And if that doesn’t say “the pickings are slim,” we don’t know what would.

  1. bcisleman - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Hate to be a broken record, Dean, but Matt Moulson, who you let go for nothing in 2009, has 6 more goals than anyone on your team. He also outscored everyone on your team last year and would have been 2nd in 2009-10.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Hindsight’s 20/20 but Lombardi’s not up for any GM of the year awards either.

    • davebabychreturns - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      According to the LeftWingLock.Com line combinations tool Matt Moulson has literally not stepped on the ice this season without John Tavares.

      (Last season the Isles had Moulson on the ice without JT for about 5% of their powerplay time and 1.27%)

      Maybe the Kings should’ve held onto Moulson but let’s not pretend he’s out there generating all this offense by himself.

  2. yettyskills - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    This is why the Kings are a mess

    You hired a coach that uses ONE line to score and the rest to check, dump and chase and play D.

    And now you’re wondering why you need a scorer?
    The Kings have scorers, but you bailed on them after a slow start and hired a guy that doesn’t allow them to be scorers unless they play 1st line with Kopitar.

    And if the Kings take on Jeff Carter Dean is without a doubt the worst GM in recent NHL memory.

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