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Ever hear the one about a Dustin Brown-for-Milan Lucic trade?

May 8, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

Brown Lucic

Know how they say the best trades are sometimes the ones you don’t make?

Well, in the annals of deals that never came to fruition, Los Angeles keeping Dustin Brown is one of the best.

The Kings captain has been a revelation this postseason, sitting third in playoff scoring (6G-5A-11PTS) and first in game-winning goals (two), shorthanded goals (two) and plus-minus (+9).

He’s been a physical menace, a leader by example and the team’s heart and soul.

Oh yeah, he was also on Boston’s radar at the deadline.

From’s Joe Haggerty:

[Bruins GM] Peter Chiarelli had mentioned after the trade deadline that there was an additional winger the Bruins had been pursuing, but in the end he hadn’t been able to close the deal. Several sources indicated at the time that the 27-year-old Brown was the player that Chiarelli and the Bruins were shooting for.

But the price was deemed too step for a Kings team that was only exploring Brown’s value on the market.

At the time Los Angeles was struggling offensively and looked like they might be on the outside looking in when the playoffs started, so they were listening to potential message-sending deals for their talented hockey club.

The Kings also wanted Milan Lucic in exchange for Brown, and who can blame them?

The Bruins weren’t going to entertain a deal for a player so important to their success, and so vital to their overall style of play. Looking back in hindsight at Lucic’s 0-for-the-playoffs performance against the Washington Capitals — or the “Full Thornton” as my Boston Glove colleague Kevin Paul Dupont is fond of saying — perhaps some Bruins fans would have been ready to press down on the plunger to do the deal.

Whether Brown was actually available at the deadline is debatable. Kings executive Luc Robitaille said it wouldn’t have happened (“I don’t think in Dean’s world he was ever going to move Brown,”) but Brown confirms the talks were real (“Everybody in our room knew the possibility of me being traded.”)

One thing’s for certain — the Kings are glad they didn’t pull the trigger.

  1. ray2013 - May 8, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    How many stories you can stretch out of Dustin Brown not being traded?

    If you need story ideas, let’s hear about Sutter leaving Calgary finding redemption in LA. You can probably get a few stories out of that. Let’s hear about the inevitable long-shot who no one thought would make the NHL but made the Kings as a late-bloomer and is contributing to a conference finalist. Heck, let’s hear about the celebrity band-wagon jumpers who are now excited to support a winner.

    • Mike Halford - May 8, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      How about Hitch comparing Quick to Hasek and Belfour?

      How about this year reminding some of 1993?

      How about Matt Greene lauding Mike Richards?

      How about LA’s lethal penalty kill?

      How about LA becoming the first eighth seed to eliminate the top two teams in the conference?

      • ray2013 - May 8, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        I wonder how many possible variations of the “Dustin Brown was almost traded but wasn’t and good thing he wasn’t” angles there are out there. I’d rather hear about actual events, like you linked to, as opposed to “potential events that never happened” type of news stories.

      • ray2013 - May 8, 2012 at 6:49 PM

        Sorry if I touched a nerve. It seems like I did. It just seems like there’s enough going on that you guys could write about what’s actually happening rather than talk about something that never happened.

      • Mike Halford - May 8, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        Nah, nerves went untouched…just wanted to point out we are covering all facets of the Kings, but obviously will touch on anything Dustin Brown at the moment. Dustin Brown, so hot right now.

      • ray2013 - May 10, 2012 at 3:27 AM

        He sure is.

  2. drewsylvania - May 8, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Each fanbase would have revolted.

    • ron05342 - May 8, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Dustin Brown was ALWAYS the heart and soul of the franchise, that’s why he WASN’T moved at the deadline, because he has been doing this all season long…timely goals, timely hits, leadership on and off the ice…even during their struggles this season, he was the leader and the heart and soul.

      You guys are only seeing this right now because the Kings have made their long-awaited deep run into the playoffs…and you are taking notice.

      • blomfeld - May 8, 2012 at 10:05 PM

        friend … my name is Blomfeld and I’ve been here all along … since 1973 in fact !

        special bonus video selection for comrade ron05342:

  3. bruins33 - May 8, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Lucic is a God in New England. I can confidently say I rather the Bruins lose in game 7 with Lucic then advance with Brown. Nothing against Brown, but like Haggerty said Lucic’s game fits in well with the character of this Bruins team. Love watching him play

    • hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      Why would you want your team to lose? I don’t really understand that.

      Lucic is far from a god here. He’s a turnover machine, especially in the defensive one, and takes some of the dumbest penalties I’ve ever seen. Not to mention his complete disappearing act two straight postseasons in a row.

      Sure, he’s a good player but I would make that trade straight-up in a heartbeat

      • danphipps01 - May 8, 2012 at 10:38 PM

        No kidding. Brown brings less penalty minutes, constant physical commitment, unlike Lucic’s on-again off-again physical presence, extremely responsible defensive play and that gritty, never-quit leadership presence that Boston clearly lacked this year. Lucic is a guy with a fairly solid history now of coming up short when times are tough. Brown, meanwhile, appears to turn into a glorious one-man first line instead. I know which I’d rather take for a Cup run.

      • bruins33 - May 8, 2012 at 11:13 PM

        Hindsight 20 20, brown is lighting it up, his team is winning and is favored by many to win the cup. Guarantee you guys weren’t saying this about ‘cic last year.
        Ya, he didn’t have a great playoffs this year and had some costly turnovers, but in my mind I know he’s better than that and, like I said earlier, the role that he plays on this team is important and is what separates the Bruins from flashy teams like the Penguins and Canucks who load up on big names.
        The idea that Lucic alone is the reason we didn’t move on to the next round is ridiculous.
        There is also something to be said about being loyal to the players that brought us the Cup last year, so that’s something to thing about as well.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        I can tell since you’re calling him some god awful nickname that you have hopped on the pink hat bandwagon last year, welcome.
        Yes, anyone with a remote amount of hockey knowledge will tell you that his turnovers are nothing new.
        What separated the Bruins from the other teams last year was Thomas. Goaltending wins you Cups, fighting and big checks do not

      • bruins33 - May 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM

        you are retarded.
        you have never heard anyone call milan lucic “cic” and your accusing me of being a bandwagon fan… I think you’ve too little isolated within your cabin in Maine by yourself.
        Physical play is something the Bruins take pride in… this might be a new concept to you… but Milan Lucic is pretty good at it. The Bruins ability to push teams around definitely played a roll in winning the cup..

  4. neelyisgod - May 8, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    At the time and all things being equal, that was a trade that should have been done. Both teams needed a shake up and that would have done it for both teams. Ultimately, the Kings have benefited by keeping Brown and the B’s couldn’t fulfill my chance at free furniture from Jordan’s by winning the cup again.

  5. blomfeld - May 8, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Halford: you boys ever heard the one about a Dustin Brown for Milan Lucic trade ?

    Daniel: Nej, can’t say that we have ?

    Henrik: Nej, can’t say that we know what you’re talking about ?

    Halford: come on man ! … surely you recall when the Kings were going to dump Brown’s ass ?

    Daniel: Nej, that never happened !

    Henrik: Nej, and I don’t think we like you ?

    Halford: okay you guys, take it easy ! … I was just kidding !

    Daniel & Henrik: we said shut up ! … KAPOW ! … KABOOM ! … KAZAAM !

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