The Los Angeles Kings have had plenty of trade rumors swirling around their organization this offseason.
Some have been confirmed as being real, but the rest have been rumoured to be fantasy fodder.
In the first half of the 2017-18 NHL season, the Kings made a significant move in the off-season.
As the 2017 NHL Draft was set to take place, the team made an aggressive push to acquire forward Connor McDavid and defenceman Jake Muzzin.
The Kings had a strong off-year in 2017-2018.
In fact, they were one of the top teams in the league in terms of scoring, goals and assists.
This year, though, Kings defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk was dealt to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Kevin Bieksa.
This move was a big one for Kings fans and players alike.
For the Kings, the loss of McDavid was not a huge blow to the team, as the 24-year-old centre was an integral part of their offensive game.
The team’s offence was still dominant, but not as dominant as it once was.
The trade with the Senators was a major boost for the Kings as the Senators have become a very good team this season.
They were one team in the NHL that the Kings had no trouble beating in the standings this season, so it was a very big win for them.
After the Kings dealt McDavid, they brought back their current defenceman, Alex Edler, to play on the top pairing with defenceman Andrej Sekera.
Edler was a solid defensive player, but was not able to contribute offensively.
The Kings could use another top-pairing defenceman to go with Sekera, as they have been without top pairing defenceman Dustin Brown since he was injured during the playoffs.
There were several factors that led to the Kings trading Edler for Sekera and the loss to the Senators.
One of those factors was that Edler is a player that many Kings fans had high expectations for this year.
Edler has played in over 20 NHL games this season and has scored over 30 goals, but he is just 27 years old.
The Canucks drafted Edler with the 18th overall pick in the 2017 draft, and he has been a big reason why Vancouver has been successful this season this season in terms