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Frenzy or flop? Lombardi talks about the trade market

Mar 6, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

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Will it be a busy NHL trade deadline? Or, like the past couple of hyped-up affairs, will it fall flat?

Granted, there’s still almost a month before April 3, and a lot of stuff can happen in that time (like trades!), but Kings general manager Dean Lombardi doesn’t provide a ton of hope for fans (and blogs) who love the wheeling and dealing.

According to Lombardi, non-playoff teams have become loathe to trade away pending unrestricted free agents.

“Even mid-range players, many teams are now deciding to keep them and try to sign them versus giving them away for a second- or third-round pick,” Lombardi ESPN.com recently. “That’s something that’s changed in this business since I got in it; very different. Some teams are looking at that No. 4 or No. 5 defenseman and saying, ‘I’m not replacing him this summer, I need to keep him and sign him.'”

We saw this last year with players like Tim Gleason re-signing in Carolina and Francois Beauchemin re-upping with the Ducks.

Add to the equation the tight standings as a result of the shortened season and there may be fewer teams in full-on selling mode than is typical at the deadline.

But don’t worry, we’ll still hype it up.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    I still think Anaheim will trade either Perry or Getzlaf. GM’s I think are too smart after seeing what’s happened in the past (Suter, Parise, etc.) to just let the players walk without getting anything for them. Yes, a team will give up quite a bit to get either one, but if you want to win now, having a playmaker like Getzlaf or a scorer/grinder like Perry in your lineup will make your odds of a Stanley Cup run a little more likely.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      I still don’t get why anyone thinks one of those guys will go – the Ducks should have plenty of room to sign both of them.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        Because apparently Perry and his agent haven’t been receptive to contract talks, while Getzlaf has. So that means Perry will probably test free agency. But if Anaheim keeps winning it seems unlikely that they’ll trade him (much like New Jersey with Parise last season). If I was running the Ducks I’d float his name out there and atleast see what kind of offers roll in.

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      These star players on expiring contracts haven’t gotten much in trade value though. I can think of only Hossa and Kovalchuk for players that were dealt on expiring deals and they didn’t get much at all. Then again those were by the same GM so I guess it’s not very revealing. I just feel like unless you are absolutely getting a fair return that won’t hinder your ability to compete, you can’t trade away one of those guys while having a great season.

      • ravenscaps48 - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Is it better to have gotten something for them instead of nothing at all? With Anaheim’s self-imposed salary cap, I highly doubt it that they can sign both Perry and Getzlaf to deals. When you know someone will offer them ENTIRELY too much money in the offseason. Something along the lines of 9-10 Million Annually

  2. mclovinhockey - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    The ducks are like 2nd in the league. Why would they trade away a chance at a cup this year?

    Anyway the article was a good read

    • colby7 - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Dont the Ducks have a self-imposed cap? As far as I know they dont spend right up to it?

      • gnazarov - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        Yes, correct.

  3. travishenryskid - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Sabres need to be in sell mode. If not, they are a joke.

  4. csilojohnson - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    The Ducks would be stupid to trade away their season like that. Not happening.

    • gnazarov - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      They’re in a tight spot. For one, they’re on top of their division and second in the conference. So how can you justify to your fans that you traded away one of your star players when things are going so well? On the other hand, there’s a chance they will only be able to resign either Getzlaf or Perry, but not both, so might as well get something for one of them (more than likely Perry) now. Tough situation, but I’m hoping they are able to resign both. We’ll see how it plays out.

  5. blomfeld - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    WE’RE DOING JUST FINE, BUT THANKS ALL THE SAME …

    We Kings have absolutely no interest or need to get involved in any trade deadline shenanigans this year. Ours is a “beautiful, tough and deadly” team which has now found it’s legs and is firing on all eight cylinders! And so apart from the “imminent” returns of comrades Greene and Mitchell, there isn’t anything else that we require at this time … thank you very much. :)

    Lombardi (ie: currently the NHL’s “undisputed” top GM) is right though by stating that there will likely be little activity this year at the trade deadline. This business of league “parity” has an inverse relationship with the propensity of teams to either “make” or “allow” for radical change … especially during this shortened year, which is essentially like one big playoff season. The only significant move which I can see occurring is the repatriation of the Canuck’s 64 million dollar “Michelin Man” back to the Sunshine State. Other than that, I too suspect like comrade Lombardi that it’s going to be pretty quiet out there this year.

    Attention all LA Kings fans: our next engagement friends is with the Stars tomorrow night at Staples … it’s not only important that we beat these people, but that we beat them with conviction … and I believe that we will, God willing … not sure about you guys, but I’d swear that just recently I’ve started to hear growing refrains of that beautiful Stanley Cup music from last year ? :)

    • gnazarov - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      People that regularly use “we’ when referring to a sports franchise that they like, complete losers.

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