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Report: Kings’ Loktionov requests trade, Bernier backpedals

Jan 30, 2013, 10:41 PM EDT

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Depth is a strength for the Los Angeles Kings, but that can be bad news for younger players trying to advance their careers.

Forward Andrei Loktionov has requested a trade with the team’s logjam at center in mind; meanwhile, Jonathan Bernier has backed off his own demands to an extent, according to John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor.

Bernier admits he wants to steal more starts from Jonathan Quick. That’s pretty reasonable since the 24-year-old is in the last year of his current deal, even if accomplishing that task is a tall order.

“I can’t really do anything about it,” Bernier said. “It has been two years since I’ve been in (this) situation. I just want to play. With the (compressed) schedule now, things can change a lot. Hopefully Suttsy can squeeze me in for a few.”

(Suttsy is the hockey-stereotypical nickname for Darryl Sutter, in case you were wondering.)

While Bernier contends with the prominent 27-year-old netminder, Loktionov finds himself buried in the AHL and stuck behind centers Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards and Jarret Stoll for the foreseeable future. The team tried to shift the 22-year-old to the wing, but that just didn’t work out for the small scorer.

So with his career stalled, Loktionov wants out.

Could he work out for another team? Jettisoned young Kings have worked out (Teddy Purcell) and had mixed results (Alex Frolov) in the past few years, so it’s anyone’s guess.

(H/T to Jewels from the Crown)

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Loktionov in a Flyers uniform. He’s unproven but skilled. Eventhough we have enough of those forwards the Flyers and Kings have a history of making moves. And we need a spark. Maybe Holmgren can get his buddy Lombardi to give him up for a mid-round pick.

    • zetaone - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      You’re an idiot. So sick of Flyers fans thinking every player in the NHL would be a fit on the team.

      The Flyers are already deep at center too with Giroux, Briere and Couturier.

      Grow a brain.

      • ryanrockzzz - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:24 AM

        Angry much? I hope you don’t own any guns…or live near Philly. He’s not on the Flyers radar, easy enough to agree with in a civil way.

        If you had a brain.

      • antkowiak666 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        your just an a$$hole!

      • zetaone - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Well when you read every article in the past month about possible player trades or RFAs, at least one idiot Flyer fan going on about how “they could see X player on the Flyers”… it get’s tiresome. What does me owning guns have to do with anything? Or is that an inappropriate attempt at a poignantly topical joke?

        And Antkowiak, stfu, you spread your retarded opinions all over these articles every day. You were the one on every lockout article screaming to “CANCEL THE SEASON ALREADY LOLOLOL!!!” And you wish bodily harm on others in your posts.. So why are you even here?

      • cfol44 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        I’ve got to agree with you!!! I seem to see this same comment with every player!!! Them and most of the “North of the border teams’ Mon & Tor fans, same thing!!! The thing with Phili is, they never have cap space!!! There always right at the cap, or when they trade or grab a player, it’s a must that they rid a few players just so the new one can fit!!! If there GM would get just a little smarter when it comes to signing Goaltenders, the team might have some cap space!!! But that has been a problem forever with the Flyers!!!

      • tuberippin - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:21 AM

        Are we not talking about a team that traded for two former Flyers centers??

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Look jackass, if you’re gonna call me an idiot at least have a better reason than Flyers fans often think players would fit on their team. First off, Briere isn’t playing center and Schenn has been struggling at the position so he could be shifted back to wing. So their depth down the middle isn’t great at the moment. Second, the Flyers and Kings have a history of making deals. The two organizations are intertwined, there’s a reason the Kings are often referred to as “Flyers West”. Lombardi has an excellent relationship with Holmgren. And why do Flyers fans think players would be good fits… because the majority of the time the Flyers ARE in on discussions for players. Even if it’s just Holmgren doing his due diligence and making a call. Did I say the Flyers are going to acquire Loktionov? NO. Have there been any rumors linking the two teams? NO, I said I wouldn’t mind it if there was. If he can’t find playing time on a deep Kings roster then maybe he could on an injury-riddled Flyers roster. He’s a talented player. Is it a mortal sin that I said I would like to see him in a Flyers uniform? I’d also like to see Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty in orange and black. It has no bearing on reality and I know that. Just relax and think yourself before you start throwing around baseless accusations about my intelligence. It reflects poorly on you.

  2. bcisleman - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    I guess Matt Moulson doesn’t qualify as young.

  3. barroomhero80 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    LoL. Calm down ladies

  4. pone27 - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Id take him on the Hawks over Kruger. Kid has a ton of potential.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chicago asking about him. Also Tampa and Calgary. I could see Phoenix at least checking as well even though it’d be a divisional trade.

  5. uscthom78 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    After what happend with Teddy Purcell and Matt Moulson, they probably want a king’s ransom for loktionov.

    • tfaltin - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Pun intended.

  6. cameltoews - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I agree with what his is saying though. Every time a player is rumored to be out there it’s he would look great in a flyers uniform. Never fails.

  7. barrosmith - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    like the passion , just stop flinging —- around. No need for that , just as we have no need for guns where I come from. And remember its the money that talks. Leafs win that battle every year. Maybe he’ll end up in T.O. for Kessel , haha.

  8. oside760 - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    lokti sucks anyway. LA doesn’t want you here so just leave

  9. cuecardguy - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Bernier should get more time in the condensed schedule. A great 2nd goalie is a reason LA could possibly repeat.

  10. themagicfanguy - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Well if he wants to win a few Cups, he’ll come to the Bolts.

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