Jan 15, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Buffalo Sabres forward Matt Moulson (26) carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Buffalo 4-3 in an overtime shoot out. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: Why Los Angeles' Struggles Could Result In A King's Ransom For The Buffalo Sabres


Two years ago, they were Stanley Cup Champions.

Jan 30, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) scores a goal past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) in the first period of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

This year, they are in a bit of a free-fall and could find themselves hanging on for dear life to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

As I’m sure you have already figured out, I am discussing the Los Angeles Kings today, who have lost their past two games by a combined score of 7-1, are 3-6-1 in their last ten, and have dropped down to sixth place in the West, only 6 points ahead of the currently ninth-place Phoenix Coyotes.

Plenty of the NHL trade rumors that I have been hearing about the Kings lately have focused on their desire to acquire a blueliner and a left winger, and Matt Moulson‘s name has popped up more than a few times in these rumors.

Just take a quick look at LA’s stats and you’ll see why they are so desperate to shore up the left wing: their most productive left winger,  Dwight King, has given them 23 points this season (11-12-23), but production at the position drops off a cliff once you get past King, as their second-best scoring left winger is Kyle Clifford with a total of 5 points on the season (3-2-5).   Those 28 combined points are only 4 more than what Moulson has produced this year, and it’s pretty clear that Moulson is not on a team that gives him the best chance to be successful.  Playing alongside John Tavares with the New York Islanders, Moulson could be counted on to score 30 goals and top 50-60 points from the left wing, so the Kings would be crazy NOT to want to try and bring him into their system and pair him up with someone like Anze Kopitar . . . and in my opinion, the Sabres would be equally crazy not to consider Los Angeles’ offer.  Here’s why:

That’s right, folks: in the NHL, you snooze, you lose, and since the Kings’ are desperate, now is the time for the Sabres to swoop in and collect a king’s ransom for their soon-to-be UFA.

Look: I like Matt Moulson.  I really wish there was a chance that he would re-sign with Buffalo during the impending offseason, but I just don’t see that happening.  Why would he want to, when his services can be used on a team such as the Kings who could contend for the Stanley Cup as soon as, oh, now?   If Sabres GM Tim Murray thinks he can convince Moulson to remain in the 716, great, but if not, Murray should be on the phone with Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi today.  Now.  Actually, a few hours ago.

Get this deal done – especially if there is a chance the Sabres could pry young  Tyler Toffoli out of Lombardi’s hands.  Wishful thinking?  Of course!  We’re a blog – this is all just speculation for fun, everyone.

If anything concrete begins to surface, I’ll check back into Sabre Noise and keep you all in-the-know!

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Nhl Trade Rumors

  • Dano

    Toffoli?

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Sure wouldn’t mind him! LA’s problem isn’t the center position, right? They can spare him!

      • Kevin

        Can’t we give them Leino too as a consolation prize :D

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          That would hurt our chances of getting anything meaningful, I fear. :)

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          Who voted down your comment? Obviously, someone who didn’t know we were joking! Love it when fans from the other teams come trolling!

          • Dano

            It was Dean Lombardi ! My magic 8-ball said so and thats the story Im sticking with!

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Ha ha ha!

    • kingsfantilidie .

      toffoli is not a center, he is a right winger, meyers for toffoli is the only deal we would approve

      • Jacob Breunig

        I love “we” in sports. Always glad when someone who works closely with the gm comments on a blog, no?

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          Ha ha – I was thinking the same thing, except I hope other GMs can spell Myers correctly!

        • Srkeegan

          When you’ve helped to pay all their salaries for 40 years, you’ve earned the right to use the pronoun “we.”

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            You’re saying kingsfantilidie has helped pay all their salaries for 40 years? There’s no way that dude is that old, and since that is who Jacob was discussing, it would be nice if you stayed on task.

            And no – you still haven’t earned the right to say we. You don’t make the decisions, hire the players, make the trades, or play the games. You and I just watch – we are not part of the “we” of which you speak.

          • kingsfantilidie .

            honestly i know you all talk about the sabres as your own, just abvout every canadian city does the same for your team, its a shame you have no pride cause even 10 years ago my family was buying at least 8 season tix packages a year.. i grew up playing and watching, so with that much hope and support, i do call the team my own, and proudly…its a shame losing has taken such a toll on your respect.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Good grief, bugger off. Sabres fans are proud of their team. I rarely discuss “we” when I discuss the teams I follow – Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Kentucky Wildcats, Indianapolis Colts, if you’re taking notes – because I don’t play for the team. Simple as that. It has nothing to do with pride; it has everything to do with it’s just me being a fan, and their successes or failures or fun to watch, but really, did I personally do anything? I’m still a fan, so don’t try and assert some sort of fan superiority because some of us don’t use the word ‘We.”

          • Jacob Breunig

            Ah, I was expecting this comment. Congratulations, you just payed enough money to pay Phil Varone to play in one game, well done, you really deserve to claim the team as your own now. I’m glad that you have paid enough to own an NHL franchise, because we all know even the NHL owners don’t pay salaries out of pocket. That’s what advertisers are for. Companies pay the NHL and its 30 team owners millions of dollars, which in turn are used to pay the players, management, and staff. So I thank you for paying your favorite team enough money to afford twenty professional hockey players so they can put a team together.

      • Dano

        Dean Lombardi? Are you trolling the Sabres fans?

  • Srkeegan

    LMFAO!

    They aren’t trading Tyler Toffoli for a rental player. Tanner Pearson or Linden Vey maybe. And you have it backwards. The longer Buffalo waits, the less they are going to get for Moulson because they don’t want to risk losing him for nothing in free agency.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Toffoli is but one player. Nothing says it has to be him, so I just threw his name out there. And how do I have it backwards? I didn’t send that Tweet out. LA needs scoring from the left wing, and everyone knows it, so the longer LA waits, the more other teams will try to squeeze out of them.

      • Srkeegan

        I wasn’t attributing that tweet to you. I was speaking to the fact that you bought into it. History shows that the longer a team waits to trade a UFA, the less they get because they risk getting nothing if they don’t get a deal done. Buffalo is not the only trading partner the Kings are considering.

        Yes, the Kings want a goal scoring LW, but really, they will take any goal scorer at this point. There are at least 4 or 5 other players in the mix.

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          Sure – this is all speculation. Moulson is not the only scorer who could be had, and LA is not the only team interested in Moulson. I hear Pittsburgh is also looking at him. And, of course, there is always the chance that Buffalo rolls the dice and sees if they can resign him. The latter is a long shot, but I’m not the GM!

    • Jes

      Not really man. The prices get higher and higher. And it reaches ultimate highs when trade deadline comes around. Do you even pay attention to the NHL and it’s trade deadline? Lol.

      • Srkeegan

        Yeah, I do Jes, and I seem to remember the following trades last year:

        Ben Bishop for Cory Conacher and a 4th.
        Jussi Jokinen for a conditional pick.
        Steve Mason for Michael Leighton and a late pick.

        • Jes

          Ben Bishop got traded because Ottawa had 3 capable starting goalies. One had to go. Just like Carolina has 3 goalies right now. One will go, either it be Khudobin, Ward and Peters.
          Jussi Jokinen fell out of favour in Carolina, that’s why the Canes traded him for whatever they could get. Exactly what we the Sabres would do with Stafford, Leino and Weber. All three have fallen out of favour in Buffalo.
          Steve Mason was a nobody in Columbus. Minus that Calder year and that 1 playoff appearance. A 3rd rounder alone was good enough for him. He’s nothing special. Guys not even in the top 20 for SV%.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Ah, you beat me to it! Gotta look at the reasons why these trades were made. I honestly don’t want to see Moulson traded, so if Murray has a plan for resigning him, more power to him.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Comments are powered by Discus, and I always struggle to get comments added on mobile! It can be frustrating.

      • Srkeegan

        So did the price go higher or lower, or did you not “pay attention” Jes? LOL.

        When you wait until have to make any trade, you always end up getting less. The bidders usually have other options because there is usually more than one player available.

        • Jes

          Lol wow man let it go. This conversation took place over a month ago Lol wow. Some people hey?

          The price went lower because it was a buyers market. If this was last year we would’ve got much more. Not much people has the salary cap available to make the moves thus a bidding war never began.

          • Srkeegan

            And that’s why I said you weren’t going to get a lot for him in the first place.

  • peg_c

    Aren’t they also brothers-in-law? With young kids who are cousins? Who wouldn’t want to leave Buffalo for L.A. AND family!? Hey, I live in NY state but I come from L.A. You have to be really crazy not to prefer SoCal, believe me. I hope Moulson goes! He’s got exactly what L.A. badly needs.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Yeah, and it’s not just living in LA (hey, I like winter, and honestly wouldn’t want to live somewhere without it!); it’s about going some place where he can win. Tim Murray might not want to be on a five-year rebuild, but the Sabres won’t be sniffing the playoffs next year either, so I wouldn’t blame Moulson for heading to LA! Thanks for the read.

      • peg_c

        Yep, exactly.

    • Srkeegan

      Moulson is Quick’s brother-in-law.

      • peg_c

        Well, actually they are each other’s brother-in-law. Their wives are sisters.

  • carllafong

    You are right that the Sabres should trade Moulson to the Kings and that they will get more than they could normally for a rental because the Kings are so desperate for scoring– but there is no way the Kings give up their top prospect, who will be an elite scorer for a rental– it’s not going to happen, no way, no how. You’re probably looking at Tanner Pearson, their top left wing prospect and former first round pick– which would be quite a haul for a rental. I would guess the Sabres would also net a role player currently on the team. The Kings have a lot of players with the same skill set that they can afford to move. Side note: I would not be surprised to see the Kings land two scorers, maybe Moulson and Cammalleri.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Toffoli is simply someone I have written about before – I know there is no chance of him being involved in a package. Everyone really centered in on that name, but he was used as an example of an extreme longshot: we’re not that insane in NY!

      • Jes

        The Rags are lol

    • Srkeegan
  • kingsfantilidie .

    pound sand, no toffoli homer

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Love it when readers come to engage in intelligent discussion!

      • Srkeegan

        Toffoli has the same amount of goals as Moulson, and he’s done it in fewer games while playing 10 minutes per night.

        Why would the Kings give up one of their best goal scorers to increase their goal scoring ability? LOL

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          It’s sad that I had to add this to the post because of some of these comments: “Wishful thinking? Of course! We’re a blog – this is all just speculation for fun, everyone.”

          Yes: wishful thinking. Fun. We’re just a blog talking hockey, LA Kings fans. Relax.

          I barely mention Toffoli. He’s clearly NOT the focus of the piece, although you and a fellow reader have managed to focus only on the one time I mentioned his name. You’re ignoring 99% of the point of the discussion.

          • Jes

            well said Rich

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            I’m awesome. :) I even voted myself up one for that reply!!!

      • Dano

        What makes the situation so laughable is some ‘ fans ‘ whom impersonate Lombardi believe ANYTHING thats said. This instance being a shining example. You make one comment and they run with it. They are Offended Soooooo easily.

        The great thing is they live in glass houses and I have 4 dumptrucks ( real ones! ) loaded with bricks from the old barn we tore down this past fall.. I do share with my fellow SabresNoise readers ;)

        Hope they have ‘ buckets ‘ ( not that it would help ). ;)

    • JHizzle75

      So no Toffoli, then? Perhaps the Kings would be interested in a goalie upgrade?

      • Dano

        Does the goalie come with power windows, NAV and a million-watyt bose surround sound system? ;). Can that Goalie get 100 saves to the average serving of salad? :D

  • Jes

    You’d have to give them something else along with Moulson to get Tofolli. But I’d definitely make a pitch for Tofolli.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Agreed. Moulson,, Stafford maybe a prospect like Grigorenko or Adams. Doesn’t hurt to try, but Pearson is more realistic.

  • Dalbs

    Lombardi has already said he’s not going to make a trade if he’s forced to overpay and he’s been extremely patient in the past. I highly doubt Toffoli is on the block. More likely a grinder/prospect and some or all of the picks he’s been acquiring.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Goodness, I’ll never throw a player’s name into a post like this again – it’s almost all anyone has focused on!

      Overall, you make some salient points. I doubt the Sabres would try to fleece LA; a prospect and a pick or two would most likely be the asking price, given the fact that Moulson could just wind up being a rental. Gotta think it wouldn’t be too had to convince Moulson to stay in LA, though.

      • Dalbs

        Hey man I didn’t focus on him either he was the 2nd part of my post!

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          I know – sorry, my ire isn’t directed at you, because you came here to talk with intelligent people!!!

  • kinger13

    I am hoping the kings will make a deal but at the end of the day I’m betting on nothing happening…and i’m starting to think that maybe only vanek would be an impact player to the level that the kings need to assist in achieving their goal of some sort of a deep run in the post season..cap is an issue so Lombardi’s hands may be tied…..an offseason block buster seems more likely

  • Dano

    Note to Rich :

    You brought the ire of the Leafs fans, now The Kings fans.. Small game season is over, go piss-off the Baztun or Gilth-adelphia homers! You can bring in the best! I know your capable! ;)

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I’ll work on that!

      Holy crap, I seriously do piss off fans of other teams. At least with the Leafs piece I was TRYING to do that; I like the Kings! What the hell is up with this?!? :)

      • Dano

        “What the hell is up with this?!?”

        I couldnt give you a LOGICAL answer. You just tossed out a prospect in ( maybe ) wishful thinking or just as a random name and the hordes came in, out of nowhere.

        I rooted for the Kings on their Cup Run. They are a good Organization.

        Need to get those Baztun and Filthy homers going though ;) .

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          To be fair, this is nowhere near as bad when the Laughs fans came out and just hurled insults and swear words. I bet Booins fans will come hard!

          • Dano

            I feel secure in saying that if you were just making ‘ jest ‘ as you were here with the Kings fans and the idiots from Baztun or Filthy came at you, the core at SabresNoize would have your back unconditionally.

          • JHizzle75

            You bet Dano! I wasn’t signed up on Discus back when this Leafs backlash occurred, I have a general idea of what it was about from reading various comments here and there, but I can assure you I would have stood up for any regular on here in the face of trolls!

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            It was fun – I plan on making it a yearly event!

  • kingsfantilidie .

    this can all be looked at by the what have you done for me lately mantra…. sabers are a bottom dwellers, moulson has only played regularly for under achievers, he wouldnt be a top 3 guy on a playoff bound team, he’d be a nice complementary scoring piece, he is no vanek…. that said your return will be minimal… id compare him to radim vrbata. late bloomer, but big game player on under achieving team.. you sabres fans wont like it but its the truth

    • JHizzle75

      How do you know that all Sabres fans hold Moulson in such high regard? You stated Myers for Tuffoli would be a trade the Kings would make, but Myers isn’t even a unanimous fan-favorite in SabreLand. There is much debate between us here with Sabres players. Just because they wear the blue and gold doesn’t mean we all think their shit doesn’t stink!

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Didn’t the Islanders make the playoffs last year? Wasn’t he a top 3 player for them?

      You’re right – he’s a nice complementary scoring piece, someone who probably fills a void on the second line. No one here is over-valuing him – we’re not suggesting Moulson for Kopitar. But if you would swap Toffoli for Myers, instead of Moulson, yo’re guilty of over-valuing Myers. The Kings will get more out Moulson than Myers, in my opinion.

      • kingsfantilidie .

        learn that 6’6 d that can skate will grow in time, he needs a good mentor though.. buff is in a weird state, interesting to see how their second rebuild goes… players like moulson come into the league every year

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          I’ll give you that – Myers’ development has not been facilitated as well as it could have been in Buffalo. I still like him and he is clearly having a better year than last year. There: Myers and Moulson for Toffoli and a prospect!

          • kingsfantilidie .

            if dean didnt do that deal, i think he might get hung hahah. you team meyers with someone on any of the major olympic teams that would be a good paring, bottom line he will be good in time with help, him and hedman will set the bar for new huge defenseman..

  • davidmuscalo

    Happy wishing!

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      No doubt. Dream a little dream, David! :)