Thursday, January 31, 2013
Loktionov trade talk
By Victoria Matiash
Forward Andrei Loktionov wants to play in the NHL. And for that reason, the young Russian is apparently asking the Los Angeles Kings for a trade.
Mayor's Manor reports Loktionov has indeed made such a request. Which wouldn't come at great surprise, considering the 22-year-old has bopped between the AHL and NHL the three previous seasons. He has yet to make an appearance in the NHL this year (22 points in 35 games with the Manchester Monarchs).
However, ESPN.com's Craig Custance suggests there might not be a huge market for the diminutive forward.
Craig CustanceLittle trade interest in Loktionov
"... Reports surfaced (Wednesday) that Kings forward Andrei Loktionov had requested a trade from Los Angeles. Through an NHL source, we were able to confirm the trade request although his availability is nothing new. GMs were alerted in the past that he was on the market and the response has been underwhelming. Loktionov, who trained with Edmonton's Nail Yakupov this summer, is the first client Hall of Famer Igor Larionov signed as an agent and there appears to be a difference of opinion in his value between Larionov and the Kings ... Loktionov had seven points in 39 games with the Kings last season and has 22 points in 35 games with Manchester in the AHL this year. The 5-foot-10 forward was a fifth-round pick in 2008 and the asking price in L.A. is likely a draft pick in that range now ..."