The Los Angeles Kings want to add a top-six scoring winger to their lineup and GM Dean Lombardi is exploring his options in hopes of doing just that by the March 1 trade deadline.
The Kings have continued dialogue with the Colorado Avalanche over left wing Gabe Landeskog, who would command a top-tier defenseman and a top prospect or high draft pick.
Lombardi does not seem eager to part with his first-round selection in this summer's NHL Draft, but could be persuaded into moving a second- or third-round draft choice, especially for a player with term left on his contract.
The Kings have also been linked to forwards Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes, left wing Thomas Vanek of the Detroit Red Wings, and Wings defenseman Brendan Smith, among others. All four players are set to become unrestricted free agents July 1.
It has been widely reported by many media outlets, TFP included, that the Kings would be willing to part with defenseman Alec Martinez if the right deal presented itself.
Martinez, 29, is on pace for a career-year, offensively, having tallied seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points in 53 games, to date.
He has four-years left after this season and comes with a $4 million salary cap hit.
The Kings called up defenseman Paul LaDue from the AHL last week, but he's yet to make his NHL debut.
LaDue, 24, is highly touted by Kings scouting and the club is interested in seeing what he can do at the NHL level, once he adjusts to the big club's system. However, several teams have also expressed interest in LaDue and he could be in play as part of a deal for a top-six winger with term on his contract, like a Landeskog-type player.
According to one Western Conference team source, the Kings "want to see if LaDue can step in and make an immediate impact. If he can, it makes trading (Martinez) a lot easier, or it can impact a trade involving him himself."
TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta contributed to this report.