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Live discussion: Any deals coming for Kings, Ducks?

February 07, 2013|By Houston Mitchell

Join Times Kings writer Lisa Dillman and Ducks writer Lance Pugmire today at 11:30 a.m. for a live discussion about the two local hockey teams, and the NHL in general. You will be able to submit question during the chat that our reporters can answer.

Sure to be a topic are possible trades either team could make in the upcoming weeks. As Dillman wrote earlier this week,

"Kings Coach Darryl Sutter called out his young defense following Wednesday's practice and General Manager Dean Lombardi made his second trade since the lockout ended, sending the once-promising Andrei Loktionov to New Jersey for a fifth-round draft pick in 2013.

"Just another quiet day for the Stanley Cup champions.

"There were indications of other moves. Sutter did more than hint at the potential adjustments if the defense didn't raise its level. Sutter hit that point when asked about 25-year-old defenseman Andrew Campbell, who was called up earlier in the day from the minors in Manchester, N.H.; defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk was sent back.

"Hey, we need [Jake] Muzzin and [Alec] Martinez and [Davis] Drewiske to be a lot better players for us," Sutter said. "Otherwise we're gonna look at other players. That's the way I see it."

"What could be the precursor to a bigger move was the small deal between the Stanley Cup finalists. In fact, it was the first trade between Lombardi and one of his early mentors, Lou Lamoriello of the Devils, since Lombardi joined the Kings in 2006."

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