As we approach the NHL’s trade deadline in March, the LA Kings could potentially make a move to bolster their blueline. The Arizona Coyotes, once rumored unwilling to trade Jakob Chychrun, are reportedly listening to offers for the young defenseman.

We could come up with trade packages all day, but ultimately we don’t really know what the Coyotes are looking for in return. Or do we?

According to The Fourth Period‘s David Pagnotta, it will cost three to four pieces to get the deal done. More specifically, “I would imagine a young, rising defenseman as part of the package and a first-round pick. You’re probably looking at three or four assets that would end up going back to Arizona.”

  • The Kings should absolutely be all over this deal. Are they willing to give up a Brandt Clarke? Do they have to? Perhaps a guy like Brock Faber is enticing enough to be that young, rising defenseman Pagnotta mentioned. The draft pick is a no-brainer, but what else would be needed to complete the deal? Alex Turcotte? Gabe Vilardi? Both? That’s really the only item left unknown, but it’s perhaps the biggest asset, depending on who goes the other way.
  • Speaking of Faber, Daily Faceoff‘s Frank Seravalli is reporting that the Maple Grove, MN native has been invited to represent Team USA in the Winter Olympics next month.

  • This news comes in light of the NHL’s unwillingness to send its players to China for the events, so Team USA is left to find The Replacements. Should we see if Shane Falco can skate? (My apologies if you don’t get that movie reference)
  • Kings head coach Todd McLellan didn’t mince words when asked if he had a problem with Adrian Kempe‘s interference call on Thursday.

“Yeah, I have a problem with it,” he said matter of factly.

  • Philadelphia Flyers’ netminder Carter Hart didn’t hold back on his thoughts with the league’s current COVID testing policies. He’s not the first player or netminder to speak up about this topic, as Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck said something similar (HERE).

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins just keep on winning. With a 6-2 win over the Flyers last night, the Penguins have now won 10 in a row.
  • Straight from NHL Public Relations – Bryan Rust (2-1—3) recorded his third consecutive game with at least three points, Jake Guentzel (2-0—2) found the score sheet in his 13th straight road appearance and Sidney Crosby (0-2—2) padded his career totals against the Flyers to power the Penguins (20-8-5, 45 points) to their 10th straight win – the longest run by any team this season.
  • The Colorado Avalanche scored at least seven goals in a game for the seventh time in Thursday’s 7-1 drubbing over the Jets. In the contest, Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog had a hat-trick and chipped in an extra one for good measure. Nathan MacKinnon recorded five points in the blowout.
  • A big congratulations are in order for 2019 first-round Matt Boldy, who scored his first goal in his NHL debut last night. Of course, the bigger concern might be the health of Kirill Kaprizov, who departed with an apparent elbow/arm injury.

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