Here's a quick look at what the Kings will be doing for free agency. Glance over it, print it out, and throw it in your wallet to show ladies. It's a great conversation starter!*
RK: Hey, don't you think signing Marian Gaborik would be cool?
Woman: *throws drink in my face
Pending UFA's: Derek Armstrong, Kyle Calder (hooray!), Denis Gauthier (double hooray!)
Pending RFA's: Jack Johnson, Ted Purcell, Kevin Westgarth
Salary Cap Space: A lot. Johnson and Purcell will probably cost maybe $4 million to re-sign, so the Kings will have enough to do whatever they want this off-season. They probably won't use a lot of it, though, since they need space to sign all their young guys in a few years.
Key Needs: 1, a winger that can score. The Kings have a lot of guys that can bury the puck if given the opportunity, but they need someone besides Kopitar and Frolov that can actually create that opportunity. 2, a depth defenseman that can preferably play shorthanded. The Kings have a lot of young defenseman that can steal a job at camp, but they need someone that can pitch in if no one steps up.
Potential Targets: Marian Hossa, Marian Gaborik, Greg Zanon, Rob Scuderi
What Our Rivals Want: Ducks want the Niedermayer's back, Sharks want someone with a pulse come April. I think the Sharks should re-sign Alexei Semenov and the Ducks should re-sign Brendan Morrison, I always liked both of them.