The Los Angeles Kings headed into the All-Star break with a disappointing 1-6 stretch, but what might be even more disappointing to their fans, is the way general manager Rob Blake is looking at the trade market and its many possibilities.
Blake revealed on Thursday that he's feeling no added pressure to make a move in the midst of his club's current slump.
Now, that sounds like a major faux pas.
"I don't think it's any different conversations than you have at any other time of the year," Blake told The Los Angeles Times. "Obviously, with the deadline a month away, more conversations may take place.
"I don't think it's winning or losing that's going to create that (activity)."
However, Blake should probably hear what Curtis Zupke of the Times has to suggest... Zupke believes the Kings could use a Top 4 defenseman and/or scoring help ahead of the deadline. The Kings had a promising start to the season and fans are expected them to be a true contender, after falling behind the past few seasons.
The good news for the Kings is that top forward Jeff Carter seemed roughly a month away from a return to action. The veteran, who scored 32 goals last season, has been out since Oct. 18 due to a leg laceration.
The Kings' recent slump has pushed the team out of a playoff spot as they sit just behind the Colorado Avalanche for the last Wild Card spot in the Western Conference prior to the All-Star break.
But Blake doesn't plan on becoming a seller at the deadline and still believes his team can clinch a playoff berth.
"I'm not going to do anything to hurt the team," Blake said.
Then, what are you going to do Blake?