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Kings deal Linden Vey to Vancouver Canucks for second-round draft pick
Kings deal Linden Vey to Vancouver Canucks for second-round draft pick

At first glance it looked as though the trade of Kings prospect Linden Vey to the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round draft pick on Saturday was all about the glut at center in Los Angeles. That's accurate, of course. But there were other less visible business issues. There is the waiver factor. "[We] have a number of guys needing to clear waivers next year," said Kings assistant General Manager Rob Blake, via email from the NHL's Entry Draft in Philadelphia. By trading Vey, the Kings avoided the possibility of getting boxed in on that front next season -- losing a player on waivers -- and acquired a highly regarded asset in return. With the draft pick from the Canucks, they...

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