NHL Trade Rumors: Would Linus Ullmark Accept A Trade To The Kings?

Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic recently speculated on a potential trade of Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Los Angeles Kings, highlighting the complexities involved. 

Ullmark, who has one year left on his contract with a $5 million cap hit and a modified no-trade clause, has expressed a strong preference to stay in Boston, emphasizing stability for his family. 

However, with the Bruins likely requiring him to accept a reduced role and salary behind Jeremy Swayman, Ullmark might need to consider other options.

The Kings, who previously engaged in trade talks with the Bruins at the deadline, remain a potential destination. 

For Ullmark to accept a move to Los Angeles, the Kings would likely need to offer an attractive contract extension and a clear role as their primary goaltender. 

Despite this, Duhatschek notes that the Kings’ current trajectory under head coach Jim Hiller raises questions about their competitiveness, relying heavily on aging superstars like Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar. This uncertainty may deter Ullmark, who seeks a competitive environment conducive to his professional ambitions.

Additionally, other teams like the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings could present more appealing opportunities due to their clearer upward trajectories, as noted by Duhatschek. 

Duhatschek notes that Ullmark's decision will involve balancing his professional goals with personal considerations, making any potential move a strategic and deeply personal choice. 

The mix of financial, competitive, and familial factors will heavily influence whether Ullmark decides to relocate to a team like Los Angeles.

Ullmark, the 2022-23 Vezina Trophy winner, held a solid .915 SV%, 2.57 GAA, along with two shutouts and a 22-10-7 record over 40 games played this season.

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