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Power forward Milan Lucic figures to be a center of attention in free agency

Power forward Milan Lucic figures to be a center of attention in free agency

Unlike the Kings, who got pending unrestricted free agent Anze Kopitar signed to a contract extension back in mid-January, it took the Tampa Bay Lightning until 48 hours before the NHL free-agent season opened to sign their franchise center, Steven Stamkos.

Not only did Stamkos’s massive deal (eight years, $68 million) come in at $12 million less than what the Kings paid Kopitar. It removed the top commodity just before the  free-agent class of 2016 hit the open market Friday.

With Stamkos unavailable, the league focus shifts to power forward Milan Lucic, who couldn’t come to terms on an extension with the Kings and now seems almost certain to land with the...

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