If you're sitting down at the draft and you've waited a while to pick your back-up goaltender, you may be left with the Los Angeles Kings' decision of a back-up. Hell, you might even be wondering who they might name as their number one going into London. It's quite the conundrum, even from this stand point. You have to think Cloutier has the inside track here, but a great couple games from Bernier, who'll be in game shape, might take a good run at it.
|Alexander Frolov||Anze Kopitar||Mike Cammalleri|
|Ladislav Nagy||Michal Handzus||Dustin Brown|
|Scott Thornton||Derek Armstrong||Kyle Calder|
|Raitis Ivanans||Patrick O'Sullivan||Brian Willsie|
|Lubomir Visnovsky||Tom Preissing|
|Rob Blake||Brad Stuart|
|Jaroslav Modry||Jack Johnson|
It's unclear what Aubin will make with this new 1-year deal, but you can't imagine it would be much. Labarbera is making $850,000 this season... so it should be somewhere around there. It'll be a great fight for those goaltending jobs, so keep yourself posted.
You may also want to note that the coaching staff was improved when the Kings added former Wings and Bruins head coach, Dave Lewis. A little extra hockey sense on the bench might be a great thing for the bunch of guys they've added this season. New ideas and philosophies should help the Kings be a bit more competitive.
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