Earning a spot on this or any NHL team is brutal. Loktionov can't wait for retirement or injury on the depth chart. He knows it too.
Thing is, he hasn't been able to force his way in like Quick and Voynov were able to do, so he wants a shot elsewhere. No shame in that. The Kings pond at center has too many big fish.
No knocking the kid, he is very talented. I hope others see that and Dean-o is able to leverage an equally promising prospect or a decent pick. Also hope whoever the team gets in return has the stones, the talent, and drive to do what it takes to force his way into a roster spot.
Do not trade him to Detroit under any circumstances.
Not unless Sutter can rebirth him into Ronning with a Momesson on one wing and Courtnall on the other.Quote:
I like Loktionov, but he has to move on. He's smart, creative in tight quarters, and solid in the neutral zone. Even if the Kings had an opening, he isn't really a solid fit for a team that demands a different kind of skill set from its centers.
All due respect, but that's a terrible trade for PIT. A goalie that will be their backup, Loktionov is now the 2nd line center behind Crosby, Williams is on his wing I guess, and Mitchell gets plugged in on the 2nd pairing? All this and you only have to give up one of the top three players in the game who just carried your team last year and won the MVP and Art Ross trophies? I fail to see how that is a very good trade for them. Maybe if Malkin wasn't the 3rd youngest player in the deal and it was 6 years from now...
With Spezza out with the surgery, I wonder if Ottawa would have any interest