Well so far free agency has been a big fat zero for Kings fans. Obviously there are some big fish still out there, and the Kings could make one hell of a splash if they are able to lock down Kovalchuk. Sources ranging from TSN, to ESPN to Rich Hammond all have the Kings as still in the hunt to land the big one, but nothing is confirmed, and the deal is still far from done. For myself, I hope it gets done, but only if it’s for a good price. If Lombardi sells the farm to get him for the long term, it’s going to be trouble. Fortunately I don’t think Lombardi is likely to fall into that trap as he is usually considered TOO conservative.
Thus far the only real news is that Sean O’Donnell will officially be leaving the Kings for a second time, having signed with the Eastern Conference Champion Flyers on a one-year deal, and Ivanans (boo hoo) has signed in Calgary. Neither are big losses, though if O’Donnell was headed anywhere other than Philadelphia (or Anaheim) I’d wish him the best. As it is, screw him.
The Kings are also rumored to be looking at some of the defensemen in the pool, though the majority of the big names in that catagory, including Hamhuis (Vancouver), Martin (Pittsburgh), Volchenkov (New Jersey), Michalek (Pittsburgh), Gonchar (Ottawa), and Tallinder (New Jersey) have been snapped up. There’s not much left out there, so don’t rule out a trade to fill that slot before the season opens. It’s entirely possible that Pittsburgh, New Jersey or even Philadelphia could be targets, since they each seem to have a good amount of high-end defense (especially after the Devils and Penguins both added two big names so far this FA period).
I think it would be hilarious if the Los Angeles Kings end up signing Alexander Frolov after exhausting the other options. Frankly, if Kovalchuk falls through, Frolov might be the best option, unless Selanne decides to head to the right side of Los Angeles… but we all know that ain’t happening. If he comes back, it’s for one year with the crazy bastards down the way.
Other than Kovalchuk, is there anyone you want the Kings to pursue? Or are we looking at trades all the way?
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