Will the LA Kings look at trading Alec Martinez?
LA Times: The LA Kings have struggled to start the season. The team has five straight losses, including four against non-playoff teams. The Kings would likely make a trade before firing coach John Stevens.
Darren Dreger reported the Kings could look at trading Alec Martinez to shake up the team. GM Rob Blake said, “I’m not going to go into specifics into any of the [phone] calls. Listen, when you start a season like this, you’re going to have a lot of different rumors. That’s all I can say.”
One of their foundational defensemen in the Stanley Cup-winning era, Martinez shrugged off the talk and turned toward more pressing areas.
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s not worth giving any thought because it’s not going to make things any better,” Martinez said. “I, like everyone else in this room, am focused on our game, focused on getting wins and quite frankly, I don’t give a … about the rest.”
Could William Nylander be traded to the Colorado Avalanche?
Denver Post: Mike Chambers reports it is likely William Nylander will be traded by Dec. 1, the deadline for him to sign with an NHL team and play this season.
All signs point towards a trade to a team in need of a top-six right winger with salary cap space to work with. The Avalanche, which is more than $12 million under the salary cap, have the players and salary cap room to make a trade.
Unless Colorado considers trading 2017 No. 1 draft pick Cale Makar, the sophomore defenseman at the University of Massachusetts a trade will not happen with the Avs.
Chambers suggests Nylander will likely land in Nashville, Arizona or Columbus, assuming he doesn’t agree to a short-term “bridge” deal with Toronto.