I told you that's what he meant.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi on what he wants in trade market: "what we really need is, I think, some of our payers to step up a little bit at [continued on next tweet] Crunch time. That's still most important." On kopitar's struggles: "that's part of the process of maturation and learning how to win."
I also hear a little bit of an implied warning in that. People mostly look to the prospects as potential trade bait. I would not be at all surprised to see a core player who is "not stepping up at crunch time" be the one to get moved. (No, not Kopitar. Come on.)
[UPDATE: I assume Lombardi meant
"players" not "payers."]