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The Kings Have Lots To Be Settled At Training Camp

This offseason has been a weird one. It has not been like ones in the past where all Kings fans were waiting and wondering if and when the Kings will make a move to shake things up. Rather, this year Kings fans have spent the offseason waiting to see who will stick around and be apart of the Kings’ roster next season.

Now that we are marching through August and have the draft and free agency in our rear view mirrors, we have one thing on our minds and that is training camps. For the Kings, this year’s training camp could shape up to be a royal rumble of sorts.

The offseason has put the Kings in an interesting spot. They now have 25 players on their roster, one higher than the 23 max and are about $87,000 over the salary cap. So, now the Kings have to get both of those numbers down before opening night.

Where might all of this be settled? At training camp.

It was a forgone conclusion that there would be a battle on the blue line once the Kings’ training camp opened. But now with the most recent developments, like Kyle Clifford’s signing, it appears there will be a battle at both defense and offense for roster spots this summer.

Lets look at the Kings’ projected line-up.

Forwards

Dustin Brown - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams

Daniel Carcillo - Mike Richards - Jeff Carter

Matt Frattin - Jarret Stoll - Tyler Toffoli

Dwight King - Colin Fraser - Trevor Lewis

Kyle Clifford - Jordan Nolan

Defensemen

Robyn Regehr - Drew Doughty

Willie Mitchell - Slava Voynov

Jake Muzzin - Matt Greene

Alec Martinez - Keaton Ellerby

Jeff Schultz

Goalies

Jonathan Quick

Ben Scrivens

Looks a bit crowded, doesn’t it? This doesn’t even include players like Tanner Pearson or Linden Vey, who could take a run at a roster spot depending on their training camp play.

Of course all of this could be settled with one call by Dean Lombardi that ships out some combination of players and cash. But it looks like this whole roster thing is set to be settled on the ice when the Kings take to Toyota Sports Center for their training camp in September.

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