As we all know by now, the LosAngeles Kings have signed Ethan Moreau for a one-year deal. The deal is a low-risk, potentially high-reward signing, since he signed for a very reasonable $600,000 on a one-year deal. To put that in perspective, that’s less than Davis Drewiske is making next year, and only slightly more than Kevin Westgarth. Two players that Moreau is pretty likely to outperform. So the deal is a pretty solid one on that front, but I had a few thoughts regarding the deal.
First let’s take a look at the potential lineup for the Kings heading into the upcoming season, taking into consideration Moreau’s addition.
Penner – Kopitar – Williams
Gagne – Richards – Brown
Moreau – Stoll – Lewis
Clifford – Loktionov – Parse
(Westgarth) – (Richardson)
Other thoughts after the jump:
- I think Loktionov can still make a move into the roster in a bottom 3 spot. It’s possible he takes Stoll’s 3rd spot, but I see him fitting in nicely on a speedy, energy 4th line with some scoring punch. Richardson could fit in there as well if Loktionov doesn’t impress in camp, but his versatility makes him a great bench player who fills in when players get hurt or need a night off to get their game on track. Westgarth well… who cares.
- Moreau has limited offensive upside, having topped out at 32 points in a season (and that was almost a decade ago), but he provides stability, leadership, and some size. At 6’2″ and 220lbs, he’s no small forward.
- Having served as captain for the Oilers over several seasons, Moreau provides some real leadership to this team. A quick look at the roster makes it seem that Lombardi has been importing some real veteran leadership in the form of Gagne, Richards and now Moreau. The Kings leadership team just got a big bump. That might show up a bit in the season and the ability to snap out of 11-game losing streaks, and it may play an even bigger role if/when the Kings make the playoffs.
- Now that I think about it, Moreau doesn’t have the most extensive of playoff history… a career with the modern-day Oilers will do that for you. With the exception of the 2005-2006 run to the Cup finals, Moreau has never gotten past the first round. Still, experience counts… right?
- I’ll be perfectly honest, I think this deal isn’t going to help all that much. I’m trying to look on the upside, and see where it might lead, but I don’t see a whole heck of a lot of potential with the deal. That said, as I mentioned, it’s the ultimate low-risk deal. At $600,000, if he helps even the slightest, he’s a good pickup. At the very worst, he’s a veteran who can log some games in the press box without stunting the development of the youngsters who ought to be getting ice time.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Anyone think this deal is the difference for the Kings? Love to hear your take to be sure.
Topics: Andrei Loktionov, Anze Kopitar, Brad Richardson, Davis Drewiske, Dustin Brown, Dustin Penner, Edmonton Oilers, Ethan Moreau, Jarrett Stoll, Justin Williams, Kevin Westgarth, Kyle Clifford, Los Angeles Kings, Mike Richards, Scott Parse, Simon Gagne, Trevor Lewis