Rumors prior to the trade deadline suggested Kings captain Dustin Brown could be on his way out of Los Angeles. Though the rumors were denied, speculation persists he could be moved.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson, responding to a reader’s e-mail question about the Kings captaincy, noted there were rumors before the trade deadline Dustin Brown might be on the trade block, but it turns out he wasn’t and has been “leading the Kings just fine the last while”.
BUFFALO NEWS: Bucky Gleason recently noted the Kings fielded offers for their captain before deciding to keep him for the stretch, and suggested Brown”likely will be traded before next season”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The story goes the Kings had quietly fielded inquiries from three teams regarding Brown, then the story leaked, was blown up into “Kings shopping Brown”, and they were deluged with offers, forcing GM Dean Lombardi to claim his captain wasn’t on the block. That’s given rise to suggestions Lombardi might try to move Brown out for a better scorer, and place the captaincy upon Mike Richards. Lombardi may not have been actively shopping Brown, but the fact he was at least listening to offers will keep the speculation alive into the summer, especially if the Kings miss the playoffs or fall in the first round again.