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Jun 12, 2015
Los Angeles Kings
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>OldNYIfan</b></div><div>And how would you feel if after trading away those assets (including two players expected to contend for a spot on the roster this year), on the first day of training camp, Eichel's doctors announced that he wasn't ready to play, perhaps for half the season, perhaps all of it? As a fellow Kings fan, don't you think that we should have some kind of insurance against that risk, however small that risk might be?
I'm not a big believer in an Eichel trade, especially one in the absence of proven game performance. But reasonable minds can differ, and I can even accept being in the minority here.</div></div>
Without Turcotte and Kaliyev, the team still has a top 5 prospect pool in the league. You make that bet every single time, even if he misses a full year, because he is only 24 and on a long term contract. The team will still get net positive value even with the possibility of a burned year. I'm not worried about the possibility of $10M off the ice for a year; the team just went through that with $10M worth of Phaneuf and Kovalchuck coming off the books this year.
Personally, I think a trade would be closer to 2021 1st + Kempe + Turcotte, but the details are close to irrelevant. This would be a bigger acquisition than Richards who was (2nd round?) Pick + Simmonds + Schenn (Top prospect at the time).
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>OldNYIfan</b></div><div>In my humble opinion, our six best assets are: Gibson, Zegras, Drysdale, our 2021 first, our 2022 first, and Comtois. All of them are essential to our five-year plan, and should be untouchable. Other than them, what do we have that could possibly buy Eichel?!?!?
Los Angeles has the surplus assets, but not really the need. (That's why Rob Blake keeps talking about obtaining an equivalently valuable LD.) Anaheim has the need, but not the surplus assets. I don't see SoCal as a reasonable destination for Jack Eichel. Plus, as I've said many times before, I think it would be malpractice for any GM to make a franchise-altering trade like one for Eichel before finding out how he plays in actual NHL games, i.e., before at least half the season has been played. But maybe I'm overplaying the seriousness of his season-ending injury.</div></div>
Blake is removed by the 25th amendment if he refuses that proposed trade.