It’s not a trade that’s going to move the needle on the Kings season, but yesterday, Rob Blake sent the rights to Dominik Kubalik to the Chicago Blackhawks, in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Kubalik was drafted by the Kings in the seventh round in 2013 but was not signed and left to return to Europe after two years in the OHL. He’s developed more of a scoring touch in Europe and currently leads the Swiss National League in points. While the Kings still regarded him as a prospect and retained his rights, reports indicate that he never showed any intent to sign with the Kings and come to North America. Perhaps the Blackhawks will have more luck bringing him over.
Re: Kubalik, saw him high on the Kings’ organizational board last year but did not ever hear of his intent to commit to signing and playing for them. Somewhat related: they’re making a push to sign Prokhorkin.— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) January 25, 2019
For the Kings, it’s a trade of a long-shot prospect for a draft pick that may become a slightly less long-shot prospect (or get packaged in for another trade). For the Blackhawks, they’re taking a chance on someone who could pan out as a depth player, or who could stay in Europe.
No word on why Kubalik didn’t appear to want to come to Los Angeles, but given that the current temperature in Chicago feels like -12° with windchill and moisture from my breath froze on my scarf while I was waiting for the train this morning, I’m going to give this one a big old question mark.
News on the trade from the other side of the ice. [Second City Hockey]
And news from the Kings. [Los Angeles Kings]
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A reflection on Carey Price’s first win. [Eyes on the Prize]
The All-Star Skills competition, clearly. It airs at 6:00 pm Pacific on NBCSN. Come watch Drew Doughty fail at some more passing exercises or something.