Why the Los Angeles Kings Will Regret Trading Brayden Schenn

November 27th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »

The Los Angeles Kings will regret trading young center Brayden Schenn despite winning the Stanley Cup last season.

Following the 2010-11 season, the Philadelphia Flyers surprisingly traded captain Mike Richards to the Kings for Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.

Both teams decided to take a chance by making this deal, and even though the Kings have enjoyed more success as a team since making this move, the Flyers will likely end up winning the trade.

You can argue that the Kings won't regret trading the 21-year-old forward because Richards helped the team win its first ever Stanley Cup last year, but if Schenn was part of Los Angeles' roster in 2011-12 instead of Richards, the team still could have competed for a championship.

Richards was a good player for the Kings at both ends of the ice last season, but his offensive production dropped considerably as well.

If he doesn't improve this season (assuming the lockout ends) and does not play at a 60-65 point level for the next several years, the Kings are going to have a problem. Richards' contract has eight years and $45 million left on it. If the salary cap ceil ...

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