Kings' interest in Gagner heating up

We're a day away from Friday's 3 p.m. ET Olympic roster freeze, so you can expect trade talks to pick up a little, although I suspect most of the action will wait until the March 5 trade deadline.

Still, a source told ESPN.com on Thursday that trade talks have intensified between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings regarding Oilers center Sam Gagner.

Gagner carries a $4.8 million cap hit through the 2015-16 season, so he's not your traditional rental player. And Los Angeles has very little wiggle room under the salary cap, so it's unclear yet how they could do this before Friday's deadline.

But the Kings are desperate for offense, sitting 29th in goals per game at 2.26.

The Kings are also believed to have interest in Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri and Thomas Vanek -- all three of whom have expiring contracts.