The Los Angeles Kings and the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to a trade that will send Kings backup Goaltender Ben Scrivens, better known to Kings fans as “The Professor”, to the Oilers in return for a 3rd round pick in the 2014 NHL draft.
First off, we can’t mention Scrivens without acknowledging his accomplishments for the Kings this season and his amazing photobombing skills. Scrivens, who was acquired in the Jonathan Bernier trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs before the season, was fantastic in the crease this season for the Kings. The 27-year-old played in 19 games for LA this season and had a sparkling .931 save percentage and allowed 1.97 goals per contest. Those are both fantastic numbers. Along with new Kings backup, Martin Jones, the tandem carried the Kings while star net minder Jonathan Quick was out with injury. Kings fans will miss The Professor.
While the Kings will miss Scrivens, the move was an easy decision for GM Dean Lombardi. With Quick back in the lineup and playing stellar, per usual, Scrivens became expendable due to the emergence of the young Martin Jones.
Scrivens is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014 season and the Kings had zero chance of resigning him. He has earned a contract that will pay him much more than the $625,000 he’s making this season. Look for the Oilers to lock up Scrivens to a multi-year deal within the next week or two.
Lombardi astutely observed that Scrivens was much more valuable to a team like the Oilers who have don’t possess a suitable Goaltender. The Kings GM was able to nab a valuable 3rd round pick in the upcoming draft. Being a GM in any professional sports league begins and ends with understanding your players value around the league and maximizing their potential with your team or maximizing their value to other teams if you decide to trade them.
By trading away Scrivens at this point in the season it seems that Lombardi got the maximum return he could have gotten on his investment in Ben Scrivens. Good luck Professor, we will miss you.