According to Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period via Twitter, the Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres are engaged in trade talks and a source close to the situation says the Kings will deal with the Sabres.
While Bernstein doesn’t state which players might be involved in the trade talks, it’s possible that the Kings are looking at a few options from Buffalo.
Yesterday we learnt that Sabres’ forward, Drew Stafford would welcome a trade that would ship him out of Buffalo. A right winger and only 27-years old, Stafford would add some depth to the Kings second or third line depending on where he were to fit in.
This season in Buffalo, Stafford has only 2 goals and 9 points in 27 games and is struggling to live up to his standards that has seen the Wisconsin native produce 50+ points in each of the last two seasons. Friends close to Stafford have reportedly said that he would welcome a change of scenery and with it being a lost season in Buffalo, Stafford could be traded by the deadline.
The Kings are said to be seeking some blue line help with Matt Greene still on the shelf. With the Kings playing tremendous hockey of late, they appear to be ready to make a run at repeating as Cup champions.
GM Dean Lombardi has been given the green light to spend up to the league’s salary cap, meaning a deal with the Sabres could be the first of a few involving LA.
Stay tuned as this one could pick up steam.