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Is Kings captain Dustin Brown now on the block?

Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:15 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 2:04 pm
Brown has 15 goals and 17 assists on the season for L.A. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

Almost as soon as the Los Angeles Kings snagged Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jack Johnson and a first-round draft pick, the buzz picked up about another Kings trade. This one would actually be the team moving out one of their better scorers. And their captain, no less.

TSN's Bob McKenzie -- whose word is about as good as gold in these matters -- reported late on Thursday night/early Friday morning that the Kings were looking to trade Dustin Brown.

Of course things in the hockey rumor world are never that easy. Several hours after the water cooler talk heated up around Brown being available, CBC's Elliotte Friedman reports that Brown is off the trading block. 

So, it might be easier to list the teams who aren't interested in Brown. Here, I'll put my insider use to work and take care of that right here. These are the teams who don't want Brown: ........ (*crickets) .....

Who wouldn't want Brown, anyway? He has one of the most team-friendly contracts in the entire NHL. He is signed through this season and the next two for a cap hit of $3.175 million per season. For a guy who is a captain and who, until this season, had consistently been in the mid-to-high 20s in goals throughout his career with a high of 33 in 2007-08? Sign me up.

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It does beg the question, then, of why would the Kings want to get rid of him? If everybody else would like him, that should be a sign you have somebody worth keeping around.

Well there are a couple of theories. McKenzie hypothesizes that the Kings do like Brown as a player but he leaves something to be desired as a captain and that Mike Richards is going to assume that role. Seems to me it would be a lot easier to just take away the C, but hey. Another thought is that he could be shipped to get draft picks back after the Kings have unloaded a few.

This much is certain: The trade market just got a whole lot more interesting. I'm not going to say that Brown has the same upside that Nash does, but he's a pretty darn good player. And he's less than half the price of Nash. Both guys are having subpar seasons, so they're kind of a wash there.

That's where it adds some skepticism for me. as mentioned, Brown is having a poor season. It would be selling low instead of high and that's not usually a good business strategy. However if they can still get a high return, then I suppose it doesn't much matter. Everybody on the team is having a down year, that has to be taken into consideration by everybody.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson can't like this. All of a sudden there has become a much cheaper alternative to his highly coveted forward. That's not going to help the asking price remain high.

If there is serious traction to this Brown talk, then that only decreases the chances that Nash is traded in the next couple of days, I'd say. Teams will focus on Brown first would be my guess and then once that card is played it will be too late and the Nash sweepstakes will have to reopen in the summer. I already thought the chances for Nash actually being dealt this month weren't great and this doesn't do much to help.

And this, by the way, is obligatory. Any post with Brown must include the following video. From what I've been told, that's a blogger's requirement.

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Since: Jul 7, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 6:24 pm

Is Kings captain Dustin Brown now on the block?

I really hope that the Kings do NOT move Brown because doing so will put the Kings back with less scoring potential. Yes he is having an off year, but so is most of the Kings offense. I still hope that the Kings will trade fror Nash as well and deal Bernier because the Kings have no use for Bernier and since he stil has a high potential and trade value. I also hope Penner is thrown into the trade so they can lose his 4 million dollar or so contract because Nah also has a huge contract and the Kings will need to create some room for that type of contract. I think the Kings still have a shot at the playoffs and they know that need need more offense. Question is will they step it up? Go Kings go!!!

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:41 pm

Is Kings captain Dustin Brown now on the block?

If the Leafs are in on him .. it would seem the likey guy in the trade would be Grabovski.

If the Bruins are in on it ... it's hard to say.  Horton is dealing with concussion symptoms, so that might make him harder to move.  The Bs could always float both Caron and Pouliot and take BOTH Dustins off LA's hands ...  Dustin Penner has been a bust for em, so that could ease some cap numbers.  The Bruins would also have to include either a top prospect or a #1 pick as well.    Would love for the Bruins to pull it off and they certainly have the pieces to do it.  

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:29 pm

Is Kings captain Dustin Brown now on the block?

If You cant see the upside on getting Jeff Carter, than You dont know much about hockey. The Kings couldnt score goals period. solution bring a couple of goal scorers. Smart Management, if the Kings are ever going to make the playoffs, let alone take a run at the stanley cup. I dont want to say anything bad about Dustin Brown, he is a heart n soul player and a great human being. I know Toronto would love to have Dustin Brown, the question is who would they give up. Go Kings Go. Just for the record, if Brown is not traded, its just makes them stronger.....

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:27 pm

Is Kings captain Dustin Brown now on the block?

The Kings are clearly the best run franchise in pro sports. You know you are good, as a front office, when you continually give away your young nucleus for bad character guys. It is a proven fact in hockey as well as sports in general that the key to success is poor character. Guys that pout, drink too much, and complain in the locker room are always the best players and never fail to win championships. In this vein, I have narrowed the list of who we should get back for Brown to three guys: Terrell Owens, Daryl Strawberry, or Gilbert Arenas.

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