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    Let's get to work.

    This looks to be one of the more significant offseasons in recent years. While the team's future is looking up, so too are the other Pacific teams that made the playoffs. Plus Vegas and Vancouver will presumably be in the mix next year. It may prove even harder to make the playoffs next season.

    With Brown retiring, we gain $5.8 million in cap space, but Petersen's new contract will take up a little over $4 million of that. Carter's salary retention is off the books, providing about $2.6 million in relief. (After one more offseason, we will gain another $1.25 million as the Phanuef buyout ends and the Richards settlement drops a bit.)

    UFAs:

    AA:
    $2.7 million
    Edler:
    $3.5 million
    Maataa:
    $3.33 million
    Stecher:
    $1.7 million
    Strand:
    $771,000

    They each had their moments, particularly Maatta, but I think they are all gone. With Anderson and presumably Bjornfot on LD and an upgrade needed, I think we pass on Maatta, particularly since he should be seeking a multi-year deal. Also, when you look at our RD depth, Durzi may start next season as our 7th-defenseman, and we have to have a roster spot for him as he is not waiver exempt.

    RFA Forwards

    Kempe:
    $2 million
    Grundstrom:
    $725,000
    Lemieux:
    $1.55 million
    Andersson:
    $874,000
    Vilardi:
    $894,000
    JAD:
    $747,000

    Obviously, Kempe is the big one here, probably getting a new contract in the $5.5 to $6 million range. Grundstrom will get a bump up, but the rest I think just get qualified. Including JAD here as he, like Vilardi, will no longer be waiver exempt.

    RFA Defensemen

    Anderson:
    $925,000
    Durzi:
    $809,000
    Moverare:
    $750,000

    There will be a big increase for Anderson. I doubt Durzi gets as big a raise as some think, given the depth on the right side and the fact the Kings can just wait him out in negotiations.

    With Doughty, Arvidsson and Walker (at least temporarily) back in the mix, with Brown gone (huge drop off this year), with Byfield getting another offseason and training camp under his belt, and with Clarke probably coming in, the roster should be better. Trade some assets for a solid LD and add a forward via free agency, and it should be a fun team to watch.

    They won't do anything with Todd, but Trotz is available right now. Just saying.

    I think fixing the back end will help the penalty kill, but the power play killed us this year and everything about it needs to be changed.

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    This summer will define Blake's tenure as GM, for better or worse. He's done a great job so far, with restocking the pipeline, and the RV trade and Danault signing were absolute home runs. Now, decisions have to be made. Some will be easier than others. Edler will walk. Played well, and was steady when needed, but he's 36. I could see Stecher or Maatta being retained, for depth if nothing else. Of course Durzi and Anderson will be resigned, though I could see Durzi as trade bait. His stock is still quite high. Some of the RFA might be signed and then traded as well. It will be a very interesting summer for sure!

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    I see Maataa coming back on a reduced salary. His big knock has always been lack of speed but he did quite well all season and was one of our stronger defenders in the postseason. At worst he becomes a depth LD (though we could resign Moverare for that), but he really deserves a roster spot imo. Stetcher I'd like to see back too but we are loaded at RD so it's very unlikely unless we package a few players out in a trade.

    I'd also like to see the Kings test the market with Cal and go all in on Quick next season. $10.8m in goalies seems like too much when the money could be spent better elsewhere.

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    I agree on the all in on Quick for next season. Clearly, he still has a lot left in the tank. I am not much on Petersen over the long haul of an entire season. He has shown glimpses of being very good but also the other way. Would not mind seeing what Villalta can do at the NHL level or perhaps trade for a backup with Petersen going the other way.

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    Cal should go,he hasn't proven to be a number one.

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    Interestingly, Blake was a big, strong, physical defensemen although he didn’t play an in your face type of game with the rough stuff until after his first tenure with the Kings. I think he understands that this team needs some of their players who are on the ice for 20+ minutes a night to be physical and tough. They need a couple of guys who are top six forwards who are tough and leaders.

    They need to dangle a couple of their top picks like Byfield, Clarke and Turcotte like we did with Jack Johnson and Brayden Schenn to bring in Richards and Carter for the cups.

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    All I know is Quick is retiring with Kings or Kings are insane. Kopitar needs to be 2c or 3c, Iafallo/Edler/AA can all please walk. Need some big confident D, and some kids to step up into their roles.

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    I don't see Blake making a big move this offseason. Remember this team just went to Game 7 without their best defensemen and one of their top wingers. Assuming Doughty and Arvidsson are healthy next season I just find it hard to believe Blake will stick his neck out to make a big splash when he's already put together a hell of squad with a pipeline full of future NHLers working their way up.

    Personally I would cut bait on Maata and see if we can get Edler back for one more season. Move Sean Walker and explore a trade for a left shot, big, physical who can either play with Doughty or carry the 2nd pairing. Essentially a Jake Muzzin. Chychrun isn't that type of player but he does have a bit more offensive chops that Muzz. Not nearly as physical but I'm sure he would work next to Doughty or would be a great 2nd pairing anchor.

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    I have a feeling… based on nothing… but a feeling nonetheless that Kempe will be part of the deal that brings the #1 LD to the team. Then Blake will target Forsberg.

    Juice would flourish on several more talented Eastern teams.

    The game Kempe plays seems to make him an odd man out on the Kings… especially in having to slow down his game to play with Kopitar and Iafallo. Imagine what Kempe’s assist numbers could have been if he played with guys who could finish.

    Including Kempe in a trade would allow Blake to hold onto a younger player or two… which is what a rebuild is all about.

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    Kopitar on a 2 year deal for 10AAV but only 14 million total salary has to have some eastern GMs intrigued.

    The litany of Kings' players that have increased production after leaving over the past 5 years is almost iron clad. Look at Jeff Carter for a laugh, he was D.O.A. But there are a dozen others. There's no reason to think Kopi wouldn't be able to easily revitalize for 2 years in the east.

    I just wonder what a GM would give up? For 2 years and the potential to revert to his old self, I think that's a huge piece on the right team. Toronto.

    I think we can find a younger established center to play 1a 1b with Danny.

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