The Blackhawks announced a minor trade, this afternoon, with the Los Angeles Kings. They acquired forward prospect Dominik Kubalík (koo-bah-LEEK) in e [To continue reading full article, click here: BREAKING: Blackhawks Make Trade With Kings]
Another rebuild move that ensures another young-bodied forward with good skill (and in this case a bit of size) who allows some Cap control if Dominik Kubalík truly wants to leave the comfortable salaries the Swiss league has.
You can’t ignore chances to add; my thinking is the L.A. Kings are about to start a large tear down (maybe of a defense that has little minor pro depth to replace the likes of Jake Muzzin and/or Alec Martinez) and the fifth rounder provided a larger value than trying to bring Kubalik in? Or did his reps play hard ball with the Kings (or was he fearful of the California weather?).
In trades, I always wonder about the underlying factors surrounding the team sending the guy packing. In this case, an extra pick might help the Kings, where the Hawks are thinking throw darts to try and fill with good handlers around the skilled guys?
I guess I will never know unless a Hawk press guy has the courage to ask the essential question to StanBo, “why didn’t the Kings feels strong enough to keep him?” without fearing the Hawks don’t. I’ve them to the end of the cue when they “allow” questions to be taken.