Saturday, July 02, 2011

Kings Sign Gagne

The Kings were also in the market for Brad Richards when the calendar turned to free agent season, but they were left out in the cold when he signed in New York, so Plan B begins with the signing of Simon Gagne on Saturday. Gagne signed a 2-year, $7 million deal and will likely play on a spot in the top six with some pretty talented linemates.

Gagne had a pretty tough year in Tampa Bay, dealing with neck issues and then a head injury, he missed out on 19 games in the regular season.  In 63 games played, Gagne was able to register 17 goals and 23 assists, which is fairly productive, given the time spent away.  His speed and touch should make him a good fit in Los Angeles.

Anze KopitarJack JohnsonJonathan Quick
Mike RichardsRob ScuderiJonathan Bernier
Dustin BrownMatt Greene
Justin WilliamsWillie Mitchell
Dustin PennerDavis Drewiske
Jarret Stoll
Simon Gagne
Kyle Clifford
Colin Fraser
Scott Parse
Kevin Westgarth

The Kings look like a much different team already in this off-season, but with some restricted free agents left to sign still, they will continue to look a bit different until some more familiar names pop up, like Drew Doughty.

Salary CapThe addition of Gagne to the list, not to mention Mike Richards and Colin Fraser of late, brings the Kings' projected annual salary cap total up to $51.7 million for 18 players (11 forwards, five defense and two goalies).  These are some very promising numbers with only a few players needed to be signed for a playable roster, plus there is ample space to sign their franchise defenseman in with a new deal as well.
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