Official: Kings Trade Quick & Picks, Get Korpisalo & Gavrikov
It’s still a tough pill for Kings fans to swallow, they are watching a franchise legend leave without warning.
The full package is in.
The Los Angeles Kings have traded goaltender Jonathan Quick, a 2023 first round pick and a 2024 third round pick in exchange for goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and Vladislav Gavrikov.
It's still a tough pill for Kings fans to swallow, they are watching a franchise legend leave without warning.
But this is a good hockey move for the Kings.
It improves them in two key areas and give them cap freedom to make another move if necessary.
Gavrikov comes in as a big-bodied, rangy defensemen who's been solid defensively throughout his career.
His numbers this year have dipped on a bad Columbus team, but he's been a positive wins-above-replacement player for the majority of his career.
And at just 27-years-old, the Kings probably feel it's a safe bet he'll rebound on a better team.
It's unclear what the pairings will be now. But Gavrikov will be a good fit with either Matt Roy or Sean Durzi.
Korpisalo is having one of the best season's of his career. A career that has been inconsistent.
If he continues this play, he immediately fixes the Kings goaltending woes.
This move helps the team now.
The one question is the contract status of both players. Both are unrestricted free agents and have made indication of signing an extension.
Gavrikov has gone as far to say he want to test the market.
That doesn't mean he won't sign, but it won't happen until free agency opens if he does.
I would imagine Rob Blake plans to re-sign at least one of them. Giving up a first and second round pick for rentals doesn't seem like a Blake move.
Blake and Luc Robitaille will meet with media at 11:30 Wednesday, with Korpisalo and Gavrikov available Thursday.