NHL Rumors: Kings Will Trade A Right-Handed Defenceman

The Los Angeles Kings quickly have a logjam on their defence. Last season young defenders were able to emerge with the season-long injury to Sean Walker while Drew Doughty missed nearly half of the season. With the new faces on the blue line, there is no room to fit everybody in and the Kings will have to explore a trade. Pierre LeBrun said the Kings will try to trade one of their right-handed defencemen at some point..

The likeliest two who could be dealt are Walker and Matt Roy who both make up the second pair for the Kings. Since Walker missed all but two games last season and has only logged an average of 14 minutes of ice time through two games this season, the team doesn't appear to need his services very much.

As for Roy, he provides more than Walker. Roy kills penalties, is on the ice more, and is just better overall. The Kings have on the right side. Not only is Sean Durzi a strong offensive defenceman for the right side, 19-year-old rookie Brandt Clarke made his NHL debut in just the second game of the season. Walker and Roy are both right-shot right defencemen and someone who fits that bill isn't difficult to move in the NHL.

But with the prospects the Kings also have, they may decide to trade one or two of them instead and keep a more experienced group in the NHL. Like Durzi and Clarke, Tobias Bjornfot, Jacob Moverare, Jordan Spence, and Helge Grans are on their way. Some of them have played in NHL games already.

The Kings are in a good position with so much talent available. They should be able to get some sort of return that should make their team better this season.

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