Monday, August 31, 2009

Canucks to Dump on Kings?

2008-2009 Statistics2010
To Vancouver PosAgeGP/MINPointsCap Hit
Alex Frolov F 27 77 59 1 year/$2.9 million

2008-2009 Statistics2010
To Los AngelesPosAgeGP/MINPointsCap Hit
Pavol Demitra F 34 69 53 1 year/$4 million
Shane O'Brien D 25 77 10 1 year/$1.6 million
2010 3rd Round Pick

An interesting trade rumour surfaced on Twitter (@NHLSourcesSay) this morning, seeing the now over-budget Canucks trying to clear space by moving Pavol Demitra and Shane O'Brien to Los Angeles for Alexander Frolov. The move would be one that clears $2.7 million from the books, which would leave the Canucks about $1 million over the cap limit with 22 players on the roster.

This move is a step in the right direction for the Canucks, but the Kings may be taking the brunt end of a deal which sees a couple of under-performing players with larger contracts. The Kings are still in a re-building mode, which likely means that they can be the whipping boys of the cap era, for now. Demitra may be a nice compliment to Anze Kopitar and the Kings' power play, but his numbers would have to improve for the Kings to get a good shake out of this dea.

I wouldn't say that this deal is out of the question, especially since the Kings have been rumoured to rid themselves of Frolov and have plenty of cap space.

1 comment:

  1. I disagree completely with this trade rumor and also your assessment of the situation. Frolov is in a contract year, coming off a thirty goal season. And while there is doubt about Frolov, Lombardi is not unloading him for Demitra and O'Brien. The Kings won't unload Frolov unless his contract demands exceed what LA is willing to pay for him.

    A 34 year old, oft-injured forward who was traded away from the Kings in 2006 and Shane O'Brien does not get you Alexander Frolov. And while LA is still re-building, they are at the end of the process. We are looking to improve the team, not make it worse.