Thursday, October 09, 2008

Kings Start Saturday

The Kings finally managed to sign their hardest free agent of the summer this week, Patrick O'Sullivan, and now they are looking towards keeping competitive with the rest of the league for another year.

The team does carry quite a bit of scoring in their top four forwards, while Jarret Stoll will have to get used to playing with some new linemates. Some new linemates may include rookies, Oscar Moller and Wayne Simmonds. Defensively, there will be some more pressure put on Jack Johnson to become the number one guy, while Drew Doughty will get an extended look during his rookie season with the club. In net, it looks like Jason LaBarbera will have another shot at taking the reins in the Kings' crease.

Anze KopitarTom PreissingJason LaBarbera
Alexander FrolovJack JohnsonErik Ersberg
Dustin BrownSean O'Donnell
Patrick O'SullivanPeter Harrold
Jarret StollMatt Greene
Derek ArmstrongDenis Gauthier
Michal HandzusDrew Doughty
Kyle Calder
Matt Moulson
Ratis Ivanans
Brad Richardson
John Zeiler
Marc-Andre Cliche
Rich Clune
Oscar Moller
Wayne Simmonds

The Kings pushed their way into the safe salary cap region, by just eclipsing the cap floor with their current number of $40.9 million, for the 23 active players. Zeiler, Cliche and Clune are all on the IR to start the season and won't count right away.

Fantasy values are quite low here, except with the top four forwards. Enough said.

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