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February 3, 2017 | 10:34am ET
Kings willing to move Martinez?
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Los Angeles Kings are not actively shopping stud defenseman Alec Martinez, but they aren't against trading him, either.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi is looking to add a top-six scoring winger to his roster and he and his staff have been scouring the NHL looking for options.

The Kings have had multiple discussions with the Colorado Avalanche about forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, with the latter believed to be the primary target, as his asking price is less than that of Duchene's. The two teams have been scouting each other regularly over the last month.

Martinez, 29, could be in play if the Kings were to acquire a player of Landeskog's caliber, multiple sources have told TFP.

In the second-year of a six-year contract, Martinez's annual salary cap hit is $4 million, while his actual salary hovers around that same figure. He does not have no-trade protection.

Martinez is on pace for a career-year, offensively, having tallied seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points in 51 games, to date. He registered a career-high 21 assists and 31 points in 78 games last season.

Defenseman Jake Muzzin has also attracted interest -- the Avs have inquired -- but the Kings are not believed to be interested in moving him.

Teams have also called the Kings about young defenseman Paul LaDue, whom Los Angeles recently called up from the AHL, but sources close to the organization have told TFP the team is "very high" on LaDue and he's unlikely to be moved, barring an offer they simply cannot refuse.

The Kings have plenty of salary cap space to work with, thanks primarily to the long-term injury of goaltender Jonathan Quick, and could add multiple pieces by the March 1 trade deadline in order to pursue a third Stanley Cup championship.

According to multiple reports, the Kings have also expressed some level of interest in Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal, Detroit Red Wings left wing Thomas Vanek, Dallas Stars winger Patrick Eaves, and Red Wings blueliner Brendan Smith.

 
 
 

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