I do admit that I was interested in his services two years ago. But the Minnesota Wild traded him to the New Jersey Devils where he helped them reach the Stanley Cup Final. Good? Yes, but they did lose in said Final to the Los Angeles KIngs. So, it turned out that the Kings didn't need Marek Zidlicky after all. But now, it appears as if the 37-year-old blueliner is in play again and why not add one final piece to an already-daunting defensive unit?
Despite his age, Zidlicky has proven that he is still capable of delivering on both sides of the puck.
In 61 games this season, Zidlicky leads all New Jersey defensemen with nine goals and 22 assists while being a -1 in the process. Zidlicky has also recorded 100 hits and falls just under one per game with 60 blocked shots.
While he does have a no-trade clause, the Czech veteran made just $3 million this season but if he were to be acquired by the Kings before Wednesday's deadline, thoughts of extending him past this season wouldn't be urgent. Plus, given his age, it is hard to imagine that Lou Lamoriello and the Devils would be asking for much in return.
At 37, Zidlicky would join Willie Mitchell as the two elder statesmen of the team but at 5'11, 187 pounds, general manager Dean Lombardi may look elsewhere if he does want another defenseman. That would not be detrimental towards Zidlicky but easier for DL to address his penchant for bigger guys.
He was the veteran leadership, the ability to score and set up goals and can get his hands dirty by throwing around some hits and blocking a few shots. Plus, at 21:37 of average ice time, he does eat up a fair bit of minutes. But when it's all said and done, Marek Zidlicky's lack of size may be the difference determining whether he would be donning the silver-and-black or not come Wednesday evening.
It is something to think about as Zidlicky's assets do supersede his liabilities. Whether the Dean Lombardi and the Kings want to go in that direction, however, may be a different story.