Do the LA Kings Need to Trade a Defenseman? a look at the blue line

A former general manager once told me that it takes 10 defensemen to complete a team. NHL weather. Injuries are given. Replacement steps should be taken. Changes are made due to performance or matchups. Call-ups will be filled from time to time. Business can also happen.

kings Used 14 players on their back end last season on the way to their first playoff berth since 2018. They went through all those angles. Through some wondrous mix-and-match by assistant coach Trent Yavani and the work of Blue Line’s Yeoman to cover a late-season injury Drew DoughtyThe club not only secured its spot but also managed to take three games away from the eventual Western Conference finalists. Edmonton Almost in his first postseason series win since his second Stanley Cup win in 2014.

Teams never return in their entirety from year to year and the Kings have made changes to the defense corps over the summer. oli matas signed with = Detroit And Troy Stitcher is with now Arizona, Austin Strand Is in the organization of Anaheim. During this, kale clags has been going on for a long time and by Christian Wolan has progressed.

Nine defense personnel remain and do not include high-value prospects Brandt Clarke and Helge Grans, who will make their bid to make their way into the 2022-23 talks. The depth was so great that Kings general manager Rob Blake could participate in their successful quest with Brock Faber. Kevin Fiala,

But you can only play six at a time – unless you Tampa BayK is a fan of John Cooper and rolling with seven defenders and 11 forwards. Teams will say you can never have too many defensemen and the Kings proved that theory last season. The players want to stay on the ice, though, and Doughty’s return and sean walker The Blue Line will only increase the competition for snow time when camps open next month.

two of them – Mickey Anderson And Shawn Durzic – There is no contract yet. The Kings have more than enough time to expand with both. But it is also time to consider whether any steps should be taken to reduce the overcrowding part of the team. Consider that the Kings have cap friendly estimates of salary cap space after spending more than $55 million over seven years for Fiala and more than $22 million over four years to retain leading goal scorer. is only $1.5 million. Adrian Kempe,

Do kings have to trade a defenseman at some point? Or can Blake, Yoni and head coach Todd McLellan manage themselves as effectively as in 2021-22? let’s take a look.

Drew Doughty

age: 32

2022-23 Salary: $11 million ($4 million paid in signing bonus)

Likely to move: 0 percent

Let’s see, Doughty is easily included in the short list of the greatest defenders in King’s history – to be the real player. He is an alternate captain with a full no-move clause, one of the final links of the Cup years and still ready to cycle in front of a team. next.

Mickey Anderson

age: 23

2022-23 Salary: Unsigned RFA (expired his entry-level contract, which had a $925,000 cap hit)

Likely to move: 0.2 percent

With a better year than the former Minnesota Duluth standout in 2022-23, he will begin to attract more attention league-wide as a defensive-minded shutdown performer. One should never say no. And if a long holdout position surprisingly materializes, who knows what might happen if frostbitten feelings build up? But even those things heal on their own. (As with Doughty in 2011.) Anderson is more likely to be a fixture in the LA Defense Corps for many more years.

Matt Roy

age: 27

2022-23 Salary: $3.25 million

Likely to move: 10 percent

Slotted as the second right-shot defender behind Doughty, Roy is in the middle of a three-year contract with a $3.15 million cap hit. If we were entering 2023-24 and there is no expansion in place then their trading percentage could go up. But his steady two-pronged presence and penalty-killing ability allowed the Kings to continue to develop their small rearguard at a measured pace.

Shawn Durzic

age: 23

2022-23 Salary: Unsigned RFA (expired his entry-level contract, which had a $925,000 cap hit)

Likely to move: 25 percent

With Doughty and Walker expected to gear up for the start of the season, Durzee could see some extended opportunities that he very well embraced last season. Even after Faber is gone, the club and system are full of perfect shots. Now the tight hat fit and the need to sign Anderson may make it difficult for him to sneak in. But Durji was not afraid to make plays and showed that he could deliver some aggressive punch while also leading the club with 121 blocked shots. A one-year, bet-on-itself contract could set him up for a good deal if he gets a lot of playing time and saves.

sean walker

age: 27

2022-23 Salary: $3 million

Likely to move: 30 percent

Walker tore his ACL and MCL in the sixth game of last season. Months After Rehab, Former Bowling Green Captain And Unfinished Blueliners Will Be Seen To resume his unlikely NHL career Having played a major role in the last two years. What would help is that he can play left-handed, even though it is only one of his many right-handers. But as the Kings probably needed some cap space, Walker’s $2.65 million cap number could open up some space. If he regains his form, he will be useful to the Kings – or to a team that can use a proven minute-stager at a reasonable rate, with one more year remaining on his contract.

alex adele

age: 36

2022-23 Salary: $750,000

Likely to move: 15 percent

It was a wise move to bring back the highly capable 16-year-old veteran and it was even better to do it for such a low cost. Adler will be a valuable piece to use as needed and should the L.A. sweater reach the 1,000-game mark. But if the season goes badly sideways, he could be someone who could bounce back if a deal with a claimant is struck and he’s willing to waive his no-move clause.

jordan spence

age: 21

2022-23 Salary: $842,500 NHL / $70,000 AHL (may earn up to $82,500 in performance bonuses)

Likely to move: 5 percent

Spence entered 24 games with the club last season (while playing at an extremely high level in the AHL)? He has a bright future in the NHL and his entry-level deal doesn’t expire until 2024. Usually, there will be no reason to deal with them. The one rub is that it may be the kind of piece you get away with if you want to add a gap-maker on the trade time frame and load up for a cup run.

Tobias Bjornphoto

age: 21

2022-23 Salary: $832,500 NHL/$70,000 AHL (may earn up to $262,500 in performance bonuses)

Likely to move: accept it

Björnft’s 2021-22 season was uneventful to say the least. He is in the final year of his entry deal and this is a season in which the Swede must show that he can not only win a job on the left but gain the full confidence of the coaching staff. It is exempt and can be sent to AHL without concern for claim. Others probably have more value than him in a trade at the moment and he is too young to give up. But this will be the season to establish itself in the Kings’ long-term plan.

Brandt Clark

age: 19

2022-23 Salary: $925,000 NHL (may earn up to $850,000 in performance bonuses)

Likely to move: 0 percent

There is a long-term outlook when it comes to Clarke and it would make no sense to move the No. 8 pick of the 2021 draft, who scored 59 points in 55 games for his second OHL season (leading Napean, Ontario, natives). were made. Barry Colts in scoring). Chances are slim that he will round out any of the top six in main camp, but Clarke’s high ceiling could potentially make him a potential replacement for Doughty as he matures with age into the top four, if not the top- Pair, role.

jacob move

age: 23

2022-23 Salary: $750,000 NHL / $325,000 AHL (minimum $350,000 guaranteed)

Likely to move: 2 percent

One of those who provided some solid work in a pinch last season, Moverre was signed in June for two more years on a deal that is two-way in nature for 2022-23 and one in 2023-24. Turns to one-way. It may be tough to find time with the big club this season, but he will remain a good depth piece for the Kings unless he looks for opportunities elsewhere.

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