Most players go into free agency with a clear-cut plan or idea of where they want to go. Christian Folin was thrust into it awkwardly.
He thought the
But June 26 "hit and my agent had no idea because I thought we were going to sign," Folin said. "We were way behind already at the start. So we had no idea. It came as a shock and a surprise, actually."
That brief, frenzied period culminated in Folin landing with the
Folin made his unofficial Kings debut Saturday in a 4-3 overtime loss to the
And Kings coach John Stevens is still getting know the 6-foot-3 Folin, but he said he's had a good camp and looks recovered from offseason shoulder surgery.
"Well, he's a big guy that moves pretty well, and I think in today's game you have to move pretty well, and he has to be able to move pucks, and he can do those things," Stevens said.
Former Wild teammate Darcy Kuemper has joined him in a new start with the Kings. Folin also has the same strength coach as fellow Swede and Kings defensemen Oscar Fantenberg, who scored Saturday along with
Folin is mostly excited about the way the Kings play, and the friendliness of the locker room, his newest environment in a well-traveled career.
Folin has gone from Fargo, N.D., to Minnesota, then to Massachusetts for college hockey followed by minor league stops in Iowa. He fell for this locale, as opposed to Minnesota winters.
"I like Minneapolis," Folin said. "It's a fun city. But it doesn't compare to this. This is hard to top. I've been here three weeks and it's hard to top. My friends told me right away, 'We're definitely coming to visit.'"
As expected, the Kings' 26-man roster for preseason games in China is comprised largely of veterans. It also includes rookies Fantenberg, Kurtis MacDermid and Michael Mersch.
The goalies are Kuemper, Jonathan Quick and