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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3. Cam Talbot, G

Cam Talbot has been one of the more interesting Kings to watch this season. Signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, no one expected much from the veteran goaltender after going 17-14-2 with a 2.93 goals-against average, .898 save percentage, and one shutout in 36 games with the Ottawa Senators last season.

Fast forward to the 2023-24 campaign and Talbot exceeded all expectations early on, backstopping his way to a 14-8-3 record with a 2.10 GAA, .925 SV%, and two shutouts in his first 25 games. He hasn't been able to maintain that level of play since then, going 2-5-2 with 3.82 GAA and .885 SV% in the subsequent 10 contests.

Unless Talbot has a massive turnaround soon, I could see the Kings moving him at the deadline. If going on a deep playoff run is the ultimate goal, they need a goalie that they can trust every single night and that just isn't the 36-year-old at the moment.

Even if they decide to be sellers, it makes sense for the Kings to trade Talbot to any interested party if both sides aren't interested in running things back next season. Either way, don't get too used to seeing Talbot around for much longer.