Figured I would start one, feel free to post all things NHL related (minors, prospects, etc) here moving forward. Not seeing a lot of buzz anywhere yet, but we still have about 3 weeks to go so it should heat up. Seems like a lot of the wheels start turning about 4-5 days prior to the actual deadline with a lot of tire kicking leading up to it. For the Kings, two mini moves from Blake in the last 2 weeks trading Zatkoff to Columbus for Future Considerations and then moving defenseman Zac Leslie to Vegas also for FCs. Zatkoff makes absolute sense, he was a train wreck in LA this time around and a huge reason why the season fell apart in 2016-17; Budaj held the fort as much as he could but not having a viable back up goalie forced Sutter to play him more than he probably should have. Not having much cap space also didn't allow the Kings to get anyone decent as a back up. I see both side of the coin here with Sutter - lots of Kings fans rallied to Budaj' defense when Sutter kept stating goaltending was an issue (referring to Budaj mainly) but looking at the facts the Kings had to use a guy who had been out of the NHL for 3 years prior to playing 53 games in 2016-17, the most games he has played in the NHL in nearly a decade (56, 2008-09 Avalanche). The guy simply should not have been ridden into the ground like Sutter liked to do with his goalies. On the flip side, he drastically improved at the AHL level the 2 years prior, got his mojo back and held the fort for LA for a bulk of the season. That also carries some responsibility, you have to be ready to play like a #1 and after January 2017 he really didn't. he really fell apart, hit a wall, whatever you want to call it and was a big reason why games lost in January cost the Kings in April (although there were a lot of factors - he was just one of them). This comes back to finances and Zatkoff, and the guys just sucked balls. It was a catch 22 situation for LA but this little thing called "money" makes making moves to improve hard on a cap heavy team. This is also why I am so baffled at Stevens' penchant for not playing Keumper as much as he should; it's been obviuos Quick is off his game since the last week of December and you have a guy who was on the cusp of becoming a starting goalie in the NHL just 2 years ago and is outplaying Quick - play him. This is a luxury the Kings did not have last season and we saw the results, and as much as I like Quick and there is no other goalie I would want in the POs when it's time to win a game, he is not focused for whatever reason and the race is tight. Go with the guy who is winning you games - Quick is a team first guy 100% and he will fully understand. The next move is Zac Leslie, which is interesting. He is a lot like Gravel, LH shot, good skater, more of an offensive guy, a jack of all trades master of none but he doesn't have the size Gravel does (6'4"/215 vs 6'0"/177). He is 24, hasn't really established himself as a legitimate AHL or NHL player and is on an expiring contract so I think Blake is making room within the organization for new blood. He was a 6th round pick in 2013, gives Vegas a little AHL depth and clears money and a contract spot for Blake. Anyway, rambling. Post anything you find here.