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Ben Shelley
Los Angeles Kings
Location: ON
Joined: 04.09.2020

Jul 28 @ 1:47 PM ET
Ben Shelley: Reviewing the season: Sean Walker
tkecanuck341
Los Angeles Kings
Location: Irvine, CA
Joined: 06.25.2009

Jul 28 @ 2:55 PM ET
I don't see the Kings giving Walker a two or three year deal. Any contract longer than two seasons will end with him being a UFA, and a three year deal would make him a UFA in the same summer when a lot of ELCs start to expire and will need extensions.

Walker had a decent year, looking great at the beginning of the season, pretty shaky for two months or so in the middle, and strong again at the end during the Kings' win streak. He needs to show consistency before he can be considered for a top-four spot. He's the single-best skating defenseman the Kings have had in a very long time, but needs to work on making smarter decisions in the Kings zone.

I suspect he'll either get a one-year show-me deal around $1.5M or a four-year deal between $2.5-3M.



paulozz
Season Ticket Holder
Joined: 07.02.2012

Jul 28 @ 4:23 PM ET
Who do Kings fans value more - Walker or Roy?

Walker I assume because of more offensive upside, but
would the Kings be willing to deal either defenseman to the Leafs
for a fair package?
KINGS67
Season Ticket Holder
Los Angeles Kings
Location: Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Joined: 01.29.2010

Jul 28 @ 4:59 PM ET
Who do Kings fans value more - Walker or Roy?

Walker I assume because of more offensive upside, but
would the Kings be willing to deal either defenseman to the Leafs
for a fair package?

- paulozz

Leafs have the pieces to get him it’s just there’s a need for RD in LA as they literally have 3 capable D at the moment that can play that side. It’s more of a need for him then any piece that could come back from Toronto
tkecanuck341
Los Angeles Kings
Location: Irvine, CA
Joined: 06.25.2009

Jul 28 @ 5:14 PM ET
Who do Kings fans value more - Walker or Roy?

Walker I assume because of more offensive upside, but
would the Kings be willing to deal either defenseman to the Leafs
for a fair package?

- paulozz


Walker has the higher ceiling, but Roy had the better season. They're both probably around equal value right now. I don't think you're going to be able to get either in a "fair package." Toronto would have to overpay to get either out of LA right now.

All of the pieces that Toronto would be wiling to give up are bottom six forwards (Johnsson, Engvall) or 4/5 LHD (Dermott). Neither of those pieces are especially enticing to LA, as they have logjams at both positions. On the other hand, the Kings have exactly 3 NHL-ready RHD, and moving out Walker or Roy would create a gap in their lineup with no one remotely qualified to fill it.
bruceflyers
Joined: 06.16.2012

Jul 28 @ 8:38 PM ET
Who is sean walker?

Does he drive the team bus? Never heard of him.
tkecanuck341
Los Angeles Kings
Location: Irvine, CA
Joined: 06.25.2009

Jul 28 @ 9:12 PM ET
Who is sean walker?

Does he drive the team bus? Never heard of him.

- bruceflyers


Makes sense. Most East coasters don't stay up late enough to watch West coast hockey.
LAkings96
Los Angeles Kings
Location: La Verne, CA
Joined: 12.15.2012

Jul 28 @ 9:13 PM ET
Who is sean walker?

Does he drive the team bus? Never heard of him.

- bruceflyers


This clown again?
Osprey
Joined: 11.10.2015

Jul 29 @ 12:00 PM ET
Who is sean walker?

Does he drive the team bus? Never heard of him.

- bruceflyers

I think that you're confusing him with Sean Driver.
Makes sense. Most East coasters don't stay up late enough to watch West coast hockey.
- tkecanuck341

In fairness, why would they recently?
Only_A_Ladd
Los Angeles Kings
Location: An attempt to educate are failing youth on reality..., CA
Joined: 06.06.2013

Jul 29 @ 12:05 PM ET
Who is sean walker?

Does he drive the team bus? Never heard of him.

- bruceflyers


We all liked you better when you had the self-portrait as your avatar, you big bear you.
tkecanuck341
Los Angeles Kings
Location: Irvine, CA
Joined: 06.25.2009

Jul 29 @ 1:42 PM ET
In fairness, why would they recently?
- Osprey


The Kings play some quality opponents sometimes?