Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Kings Changing Their Identity

The Kings are still looking for somewhat of an identity and it looks as though they have moved towards something that resembles a good start. Already in the off-season, they have managed to trade for veteran winger, Ryan Smyth, and stalwart defender, Rob Scuderi. Those two additions, as good as they may be, don't immediately turn around their non-playoff ways, but it's a start. Smyth will add another grinding element to the team, much like that of the team's captain, Dustin Brown. Scuderi will make the goalie's job much easier, but which goalie will be number one is certainly still up in the air. Let's also remember that the team added Justin Williams to the mix at the trade deadline and he has yet to show his stuff off to the LA faithful. He'll also be bringing a new scoring element to the team.

Anze KopitarDrew DoughtyJonathan Quick
Alex FrolovRob ScuderiErik Ersberg
Ryan SmythMatt Greene
Dustin BrownPeter Harrold
Michal HandzusSean O'Donnell
Jarret StollJack Johnson
Wayne Simmonds

Oscar Moller

Justin Williams

Raitis Ivanans

The Kings also have the benefit of having a strong core of young players to compliment those veterans also listed above. That should keep the salary cap number down, as it's already pretty low. The 19 players signed on and ready above come at a reasonable cap cost of $47.5 million. With defensemen like Thomas Hickey and Colton Teubert coming down the pipe, the goaltending is definitely going to be taken care of down the line.

The Kings have no more key RFAs on their list for signing and will likely try and fill their voids through their youth.

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