Remember those wobbly, unfocused off-seasons the
Indeed, they have become a thing of the past. Kings General Manager
As they will attempt to go deep into the spring for a third straight year, the Kings nevertheless face several questions with players arriving Wednesday and training camp officially opening Thursday.
How do the Kings fill the void created by
The veteran defenseman departed, via free agency in July, and rejoined his old team, the
You could say
Other factors working to benefit the Kings would be full campaigns from the likes of
How do you replace perhaps the best backup goalie in the NHL?
After years of trade rumors,
Bernier (1.88) had the second-best goals-against average in the league, trailing only the Senators'
This time around, Quick won't be scrambling to recover his fitness. Last season, Kings Coach
Can "Generation Next" get the room to emerge?
There could be a major opportunity for one of the young forwards to play a top-six role. Training camp will be a significant test for the likes of Tyler Toffoli, Linden Vey and Tanner Pearson.
How much mileage on the Kings' odometer is too much?
This is not an old team, far from it. But going deep into the playoffs the last two years had its lingering consequences. The list of injured Kings was long after the season ended with that double-overtime loss in Chicago, keeping the team doctors busy throughout the summer.
Greene and Regehr had elbow surgery. Team captain
Not only will the Kings be trying to manage the usual injury issues during the season, but also the