3 LA Kings Who Won't Survive the Trade Deadline

The Los Angeles Kings' recent struggles have positioned them as potential sellers ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Whether or not anything changes, don't be surprised if these three players leave the organization before March 8.

Matt Roy is one of three Kings who likely won't survive this year's NHL trade deadline.
Matt Roy is one of three Kings who likely won't survive this year's NHL trade deadline. / Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Arthur Kaliyev, RW

If the Kings wind up being buyers and want to make a splash next month, they could use Arthur Kaliyev as a potential trade piece.

Kaliyev, 22, just hasn't developed as planned. After tallying 28 points in 56 games last season, the former 2019 second-rounder only has 14 points through his first 40 games this season. Although his average ice time has increased by over a minute compared to last year, his shooting percentage has plummeted from 10.7% to 7.1%.

Some Kings fans believe that Kaliyev could be more productive with additional ice time, but that's just now a realistic possibility. Los Angeles has one of the deeper forward rosters in the league, meaning the Uzbek forward will likely be stuck with the status quo barring any injuries to anyone ahead of him on the depth chart.

In January, SportsNet's Elliotte Friedman reported that the Kings "would move [Kaliyev] now," further illustrating how a trade could be on the horizon. Considering how Kaliyev looks like he could be a solid point producer in the right situation, it might be time for LA to capitalize on whatever trade value he has.