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Forum: Armchair-GMHier à 20 h 48
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Mediumyeet</b></div><div>I disagree on a few things there. I think LA's window has opened now (and it is going to be a long window). Demko is a pretty cheap contract for 3years if he is providing top 10 goaltending and I think the Kings need a better goalie going forward as they don't really have any long term solutions there. I think Demko at 3x5mil brings more value than a goalie on a one year deal. Again this hinges heavily on Demko coming back this season and proving that he is top 10 goalie in the league and healthy. If LA believes he is that guy then he brings great longterm value to the team (not to mention he's a cali boy).

As the Canucks I would be potentially be willing to negotiate on that 1st round pick. Maybe it is a 2024 2nd that turns into the first if Demko plays X amount of games or they win X amount of playoff rounds and then add a 2023 3rd or something instead.</div></div>

As a long-time LA Kings season ticket holder and someone that has followed the team closely for decades, I can assuredly tell you that the window isn't open yet. Anyone in LA would tell you the same. They're a bubble playoff team. Their quality young players like Byfield, Turcotte, Kaliyev, Vilardi, Clarke, etc. need significantly more experience before they can take a meaningful stab at the postseason. They don't have the tools to win a seven-game series against teams like Tampa Bay or Boston.

If the Kings were a goaltender away from being a Cup contender, then I'd maybe consider this trade. However there's too many other gaps in the lineup for that to be a realistic outcome. 1 or 2 years from now, maybe they'd consider it.

A conditional 2024 2nd that turns into a 2024 1st if the Kings make the Stanley Cup Finals this season or next would definitely make this trade more palatable. Like you said, Demko needs to come back and put up some pretty stellar numbers before that would happen though.
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