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Offseason Report: Los Angeles Kings

Aug 1, 2012, 11:53 AM EST

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From July 16-Aug 16, we’ll be profiling all 30 NHL teams by recapping what they did this offseason and previewing their upcoming campaigns.

2011-12 Season

40-27-15, 95 points. Third in the Pacific Division, eighth in the Western Conference.

Defeated Vancouver (4-1) in the conference quarterfinals, St. Louis (4-0) in the semis, Phoenix (4-1) in the finals and New Jersey (4-2) in the Stanley Cup finals.

Additions

Andrew Bodnarchuk

Departures

Scott Parse (UFA, still unsigned)

2012 Draft

First round, 30th overall — LW Tanner Pearson (OHL Barrie)

Looking back

While it might not seem like L.A. did much this offseason, GM Dean Lombardi made a plethora of moves to retain last year’s Cup-winning team — including a major one for Jonathan Quick.

The Conn Smythe winner received a 10-year, $58 million extension in late June, putting the Kings in the unique position of having four players under contract through 2019 (Quick, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty.)

Lombardi didn’t stop spending with Quick. He was aggressive in retaining all of his key unrestricted and restricted free agents, inking deals with Dustin Penner (one year, $3.25 million), Dwight King (two years, $1.5 million), Jarret Stoll (three years, $9.3 million) and Colin Fraser (two years, $1.65 million).

As such, the Kings will head into 2012-13 with a near-identical squad. The most notable change came behind the bench, where ex-Blues head coach Davis Payne was named as Darryl Sutter’s assistant, replacing Jamie Kompon (who signed on in Chicago.)

Looking forward

The Quick signing was soon followed by reports that backup goalie Jonathan Bernier — the 11th overall pick in 2006 — expected to be shipped out of Los Angeles. The highly-touted ‘tender has high pedigree (Bernier was named the AHL’s top goalie in 2009-10) and could net Lombardi a nice asset in a trade, which has to be tantalizing given the Kings have nearly $8 million in available cap space.

Other than Bernier, the Kings’ focus will be on trying to successfully defend the Stanley Cup for the first time since Detroit won back-to-backs in 1997-98. Rarely do teams return almost their entire Cup-winning rosters — consider the last three:

– Boston lost Tomas Kaberle, Michael Ryder and Mark Recchi.

– Chicago lost Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg and Antti Niemi.

– Pittsburgh lost Hal Gill, Rob Scuderi, Miroslav Satan and Petr Sykora.

Have Your Say

Vote in our poll and let us know what you think of Los Angeles’ 2012-13 outlook in the comments section.

  1. danphipps01 - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    They’ll be better. A whole season with the roster that blew up the playoffs? Yeah, I’m thinking they’ll manage.

  2. paledevil - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Yea but this year they cant lull their opponents to sleep thru lackluster play then turning it on (same way Dallas won half their games) They cannot coast in 12th knowing they play the sharks 4 times in the last 6 games( they had no sense of urgency until the last week)
    I believe they were fresh because they dogged it half the year (the pancake thing was legit no joke).. whatever it worked If my offhanded opinion is correct That will help them this year They will have something to prove (Was not a fluke We are a championship team We can do it again)
    This 80 game reg season is a marathon Its not about whos the best but who survived..
    If the owners want 50% Go down to 60 games and share the profits

  3. ml3939 - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Scary well-rounded team front to back.

  4. blomfeld - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    RETURN TO SENDER …

    Sorry Halford, but this article is apparently deemed “unworthy” and so I’m returning it to you with my “best regards” attached … :)

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