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 Minnesota Wild, the only team he had known in his young NHL career, would tender him a qualifying offer this summer.
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 Kings on a one-year contract on July 1. It wasn’t a flashy signing because Folin is a stay-at-home defenseman, but his big...