OCtober 25, 2018 | 5:30pm ET
KINGS COULD EXPLORE TRADE MARKET
Tanner Pearson, left wing
The Los Angeles Kings aren’t about to panic just yet, despite their poor start to the 2018-19 NHL season, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t exploring their options.
As fans call for the head of head coach John Stevens, Kings GM Rob Blake and his staff are believed to be weighing out different trade scenarios internally, though nothing is believed to be imminent.
Kings forwards Tanner Pearson and Kyle Clifford have been the subject of speculation this month, as both could be shipped out if the right deals presented themselves for Blake.
Pearson, 26, has two-years left on his deal after this season and comes with a $3.75 million salary cap hit, while the 27-year-old Clifford has one additional year remaining at a $1.6 million salary cap hit.
Kings top-line winger Dustin Brown is scheduled to return to the lineup on Sunday against the New York Rangers, which could provide a spark for his club.
If the Kings can’t turn their fortune around in the near future, Blake might be forced to make a bold move to shake up the roster before considering a change behind the bench. However, if no deals present themselves as the weeks progress, the Kings might have no other choice but to gas the head coach.