At SBN's Battle of California, Los Angeles Kings fans are reacting to the two trades their team made today, acquiring Jeff Halpern from Tampa Bay and Fredrik Modin from Columbus.
The acquisition of Jeff Halpern gives the Kings a few more options with their forwards. As of right now it looks like the line of Alexander Frolov-Michal Handzus-Jarret Stoll will be together for a while (or at least they will be if they create 2 goals like they did last night), so the Kings needed another center to replace Stoll. Enter Jeff Halpern. Halpern can either replace Brad Richardson on the third line or he can replace Marc-Andre Cliche on the 4th. I think we'll see Terry Murray stick with Brad Richardson on the third line for a while but he won't be afraid to mix and match depending on how the Kings are doing; if they're ahead, Halpern will get more ice time and if they're behind, it'll be Richardson. Or they can move Clune off the third line and roll a Richardson-Halpern-Meat Train line. Actually, that probably looks the best. Do that.
In the end, Jeff Halpern isn't the sexy pick but he's a good player that can fill many roles. He can play on the power play (although we won't need him), he can play on the penalty kill, and he can lead in the locker room. He's not the hero we want, but he's the hero we need. Am I saying Halpern is Batman? Yes. He is Batman.
And on Modin:
Modin is a formerly good player that has been beset by injuries. He is also an assistant captain on the Jackets. Players of his ilk are like catnip to Dean Lombardi so it's no surprise the Kings picked him up. Modin is a left winger, is defensively responsible, and has a pretty terrific slap shot. He's another depth player that can provide a little scoring punch for the Kings and hopefully give the top players a little rest down the stretch. Assuming he stays healthy, which is not exactly a sure thing at this point.