With how well the Los Angeles Kings have played this year, the one thought that might send a chill down every other general manager's spine would be this: What if Dean Lombardi thinks they can be a little bit better?
The Kings GM has never been shy about making a deal when he can smell the Stanley Cup. In fact, he's had a knack for making the exact right move that helped put the Kings over the top in each of their recent Stanley Cup years. He has to be feeling good about his team's prospects once again, but if there's an area that needs to be addressed, it's the blue line.
That's why a recent report from ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun should be raising some eyebrows and stirring the nerves of opposing executives. According to LeBrun, Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien may be a desired target for Lombardi. LeBrun floated the idea in a column Tuesday and reported during TSN's Insider Trading segment that the Kings are one of the many teams that have interest.
He's a big-time player that fills an immediate need for Los Angeles – a top-four right-shot defenseman who would fit right into a team that mixes skill and physicality as well as any. While Byfuglien makes perfect sense as a target, the dynamics of a deal involving the two teams becomes much more difficult to pin down.
Kings targeting Jets D Dustin Byfuglien?
CBS Sports | Feb 3