The core is intact.
After a year to forget — better yet, the
Center Anze Kopitar is in the early stages of negotiations for what will probably be a lengthy contract extension.
"Up front we are set with the addition of
That would be power forward and left wing Milan Lucic. He was the big summer acquisition for the Kings, who got him from the
Jones was later traded to San Jose, and the Kings signed free agent
Up front, the Lucic deal will enable the Kings to move
Potentially, the top two lines could be formidable: Kopitar centering Gaborik and Lucic, and veteran
After that, it gets tricky.
The potential third- and fourth-line centers could be Andy Andreoff and Nick Shore, two youngsters with a combined three goals and 52 games of
Everyone knows Kings Coach
General Manager Dean Lombardi has noted that the Kings don't have a lot of cap space to make a big move, which is why they weren't able to keep "rental defenseman"
There are two problematic issues for the Kings, the first concerning center
Equally problematic is the situation revolving around defenseman
Complicating matters, he is still recovering from surgery for a torn Achilles' tendon and the league still needs to conduct its investigation into the domestic violence incident.
So the uncertainty over the futures of Voynov and Richards will keep the Kings in limbo for the foreseeable future.
The upside of missing the playoffs this year is that the Kings will have the chance to recharge, thanks to a long off-season. They had played 11 playoff series in a three-year span — almost a full extra season. Williams, after signing with the Capitals, alluded to that in his introductory conference call.
"My head was upset when we didn't make the playoffs, but my body said thank you," Williams said.
The same sentiment presumably applies to his former teammates in Los Angeles.