After their 6-5 comeback win in a shootout against the Winnipeg Jets, the LA Kings made a late-night trade that shocked everyone.

Yes, after weeks of speculation, the LA Kings made a trade for a left-handed defenseman and a goalie. Vladislav Gavrikov and Joonas Korpisalo are heading to LA. It’s also reported that there won’t be an extension coming with Gavrikov, per David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period.

What’s shocking is the return. Franchise icon, Jonathan Quick, was also involved in the deal along with a first-round pick. While it’s been a rough year for Quick it’s shocking to see LA trade their franchise goalie for the past decade-plus.

Fans were quick (no pun intended) to post thank-you tributes for the franchise’s best goalie. It’s easy to understand their emotions right now, and who can blame them? The man is single-handedly the reason the Kings won the Staley Cup in 2012 as he won the Conn Smythe trophy for his performance that playoff run. I’m not really high on Gavrikov but I don’t think Rob Blake isn’t done making moves yet. The trade deadline is Friday at 12 pm PT.

UPDATE: In addition to the first-round pick, the Kings will also be trading their third-round pick in next year’s draft. The first-round pick is also conditional if the Kings miss the playoffs. If the Kings miss the playoffs then that first-round pick in 2023 turns into a second-round pick in 2023 and 2024.

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1 thought on “LA Kings make late-night trade for Gavrikov and Korpisalo

  1. Watching J Quick go 16-4 for LA’s first Stanley Cup was the best hockey I have ever seen. Quick was incredible.

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