NHL trade rumors 2020: Los Angeles Kings should go all in, trade Alec Martinez and Tyler Toffoli

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There are 28 games left, but the Los Angeles Kings' season is over.

On Wednesday, they traded goaltender Jack Campbell and forward Kyle Clifford to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Trevor Moore, Columbus’ third-round draft pick in 2020 (previously acquired from Ottawa on July 1, 2019) and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2021.

But if the Kings are wise, they are just getting a head start on a full firesale. Next items to check off the list: Alec Martinez and Tyler Toffoli.

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Los Angeles finished as the worst team in the Western Conference last season and is looking to repeat, sitting with an abysmal 19-30-5 record. They don't need to make a change, they need to make some changes and they still have a couple of bargaining chips.

First up, Martinez. The 32-year-old defenseman averages over 20 minutes per game but the Kings — who are 30th in the league in scoring — need offense and Martinez does not produce much on the offensive end; he has one goal and seven assists this season. Also, Martinez's age does not work well for a team that is still a couple of years from Stanley Cup contention. His abilities, which are in demand on the blue line nearing the trade deadline, are better suited elsewhere.

Teams reportedly interested in Martinez are the Nashville Predators, Vegas Golden Knights and the Florida Panthers. Nashville is the only team currently on the outside of the playoff picture — by three points — but many teams could use blue line depth heading into the postseason. Martinez does have a full season remaining on his contract which could entice teams as well since he would not be a rental player.

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Toffoli, on the other hand, is set to become an unrestricted free agent and is a source of production for the Kings. He is on pace for a 46-point season and at 27 years old, could be a valuable long-term piece for the Kings should they retain him. However, if the return fits with what Los Angeles' desired identity is moving forward, it could be worth it.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported that the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers — all potential playoff-bound teams — are interested.

The Kings have lots of draft picks and a number of players in the final year of their contract, meaning they'll have all kinds of flexibility this offseason to rebuild within their rebuild. With multiple third-rounders in 2020 and 2021 (conditional) and an extra fourth in 2020, they could still use an extra first- or second-rounder.

Typically, the team on the bottom has nothing to lose, so if dishing Martinez and Toffoli gives them even more freedom, they should go for it.

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