McKenzie on ‘‘astronomically high’ trade prices

The NHL trade deadline is one month away, and prices still appear to be rather expensive.

Bob McKenzie had a Friday morning radio hit on Winnipeg’s TSN 1290, and was asked about the potential ballpark for a player like Jake Muzzin.

“Right now the word on the street is that the prices for guys like Muzzin, and maybe Muzzin in particular, are really, really high - like astronomically high,” indicated McKenzie. “And why wouldn’t they be. The trade deadline is still four weeks away. I think the prices are really high.

“So I would assume that the Kings will be saying, ‘We want a first-round pick, and we want a really good blue-chip prospect or young player,’ and that’s what the asking price will be.

“Now, whether it gets met or not, depends how many teams want him, what the other options are. And to your point, it’s early yet. You’ve got to see some other deals drop to know the actual market value for players like that is going to get set at. We don’t even know what the rental prices are going to be.

“But there’s no question in my mind that L.A. will be looking for a haul - and probably more quality than quantity, but a little bit of quantity too.

“Do you have to give up a really good young defenseman and a first-round pick to get Jake Muzzin? I think that would be the starting asking price for what the Kings would be after.”

Muzzin is in the fourth season of a five-year, $20 million deal that carries a $4 million cap hit and comes with no trade protection.

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