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LeBrun: Kings execs say Jack Johnson’s “in play”

Feb 17, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

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In their weekly chat, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside discussed the dwindling defenseman market heading into the trade deadline and some of the big names still available.

The biggest name of all? Los Angeles defenseman Jack Johnson.

From the Cross Checks Blog:

I had a few team executives this week tell me he’s in play but only for the type of deal that hands the Kings the top-line forward they’ve been craving. Shut out 1-0 at home by Phoenix Thursday night, I have to imagine Kings GM Dean Lombardi will be even more determined in his efforts to land Rick Nash. Jeff Carter and Ales Hemsky are other possibilities. The Kings can’t score and must make the playoffs. Lots of pressure there.

While it would seem odd to part with Johnson 13 months after signing him to a seven-year, $30.5 million deal, Lombardi’s clearly in “you gotta give to get” territory. Softening the blow of losing Johnson would be that L.A. is solid defensively — Drew Doughty, Willie Mitchell, Rob Scuderi and Matt Greene make for a good top-four — and there’s a plethora of young blueline prospects in the system.

21-year-old Slava Voynov has played 33 games for the Kings this year and has been lauded by head coach Darryl Sutter. 22-year-old Thomas Hickey, the fourth overall pick at the 2007 draft, is one of the leading d-man scorers in Manchester and 19-year-old Derek Forbort — taken 15th overall in 2010 — is still plying his trade for the University of North Dakota.

One more thing to consider with Johnson? According to Capgeek, he doesn’t have a no-trade or no-movement clause.

  1. rtrlive - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    jj to the pens

  2. matty11kat - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    JJ is overrated.

  3. gomer1 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    JJ for JVR? Would address concerns for both teams…

    • rtrlive - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      IVR wouldn’t be enough to land JJ

  4. ravenscaps48 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    George McPhee… Make it happen!!!

  5. bcisleman - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Johnson is overrated, but he is a good offensive defenseman. Could see Isles offering PA Parenteau and his 51 points along with a pick or a prospect on condition of PA signing an extension as he is a UFA.

  6. broadstbully33 - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    jvr for JJ is much better than L schenn

    • bcisleman - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Holmgren would be crazy to make that trade.

  7. bcisleman - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Johnson’s 8-16-24 make him 29th in points for NHL defensemen. His -10, however, has him 253rd in that category. He is a good offensive defenseman who is a liability in his own end. That’s who he is. Not Lombardi’s favorite player by any means.

    • dolanster - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Yes — Jack is fast, talented, and stupid. His style of D works great when he’s the best skater on the ice, not so well in the NHL. He doesn’t read the play well, he gets caught often. Having TWO guys like this (the other is Doughty) is one too many for any successful NHL team. Jack would be great on a team that could score 3-4 goals a game and use him on the power play and in OT. Even strength, he’s a liability. Would love to see Kings get a scorer for him.

      • bcisleman - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        JJ might be good if paired with a tough defensive minded D like Travis Hamonic. PA & a pick for JJ might work.

  8. jagrbomb18 - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Isn’t this guy like a minus 30 every year? perfect dumb trade for Columbus …carter and richie reunited

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