July 18th, 2014, 08:59 PM #1
NHL Offseason Review: Pacific Division (CBS Sports)
Los Angeles Kings
Review: Dean Lombardi did everything he could to keep the band together. Aside from losing Willie Mitchell in a cap crunch, he succeeded. Keeping Gaborik keeps continuity up front and fixes a problem that really plagued the Kings in the regular season, which was scoring enough. They were far better in that department in the playoffs. The Kings also have a young replacement for Mitchell in the form of Brayden McNabb, who was acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres last year. He's playing on a $650,000 cap hit next season after re-signing this summer and while mostly unproven, he has promise. The Kings still have their core intact from two Stanley Cup titles in three seasons and have all the pieces to make another run. There will be some tough decisions along the way with players like Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll on the final year of their contracts, but for 2014-15, the Kings are pretty well set and once again one of the best teams in the West.
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