Okay, I’ve said my peace about the Frattin deal. Hope he pans out and Bernier finally does what no Leaf goaltender has done since 1967.
So what’s next for Uncle Dean? Let’s take a look
– Free Agent Targets
One by One – the boy has a lot on his plate.
ROB SCUDERI -
The Kings have GOT to lock this guy up, but at what price and for how many years. Let’s not forget Pittsburgh had just won a cup and they didn’t want to pay him 13.6 million over 4 years after having earned 750K the year before. Think Pittsburgh regrets that decision now? Or last year? Or the year before?
Forget about taking a “home town discount”, this is Scuderi’s last contract and the boy is gonna get PAID. There are no decent D-men out there (not with 2 cups anyway) and the Islanders will be more than happy to overpay. I mean, if Streit gets 5.250 the Islanders could offer 4.5 and STILL win.
I’d be shocked if Scuderi took less than Voynov to stay with the Kings.
How the hell do you replace this guy? Hope Muzzin is a year better? Hope a full training camp with Sutter makes Ellerby a better player?
If Scuderi leaves, Jonathan Quick’s numbers aren’t going to be as good.
DUSTIN PENNER -
Is there any real reason to keep him here other than he really performs well with that big body in the playoffs? They can’t afford him, he hasn’t proven he can stay…er…get in shape for the season, and lets face it, during the regular season, he flat out sucks. Spend the 3 mil elsewhere and hope Holloway, Toffoli, Frattin can step in and fill his shoes.
BUD HOLLOWAY -
Bud has 2 offers from Dean so I’m told. I’m guessing he didn’t like either one so he’s “contemplating”. I think with the Frattin deal today the first call he makes tomorrow morning is to Lombardi saying, “Thank you, sir.” – I’m guessing he wants a 1-way and Dean’s offered him a 2-way.
ALEC MARTINEZ -
He was never the same after taking a puck to the face in Europe – He looks like he’s lost his confidence under Sutter and is likely destined for a change of scenery where he’ll be allowed to open up his game. Here’s hoping the Kings can get at least a 4th round pick for him. Gosh, remember the days when Joe Corvo, Nathan Dempsey and Mike Weaver were on this club? Now were giving away guys like Hickey and Drewiske and likely Martinez, too. Gotta credit Lombardi for sticking to his word.
KYLE CLIFFORD -
They’re working on a 2 year deal. Should be announced soon. Not much of a raise.
KEATON ELLERBY -
Yes he was often brutal, but he’s still a young kid and there’s a reason his draft status was so high. He’s pretty good. And he’s CHEAP! They keep him. Will be very surprised if Lombardi pulls a Kyle Quincey and trades him for an old vet LW.
COLIN FRASER -
Not really sure where he fits, especially if Linden Vey is going to be given a shot at the club. If Holloway signs, it could also mean Lewis goes back to his natural position on the 4th line. Hearing his name being dangled. He has 2 cups, too. Kings may need the cap relief in order to get Holloway done. Despite scratching him a few times, Sutter loves him.
TREVOR LEWIS -
He certainly looks like he’s finally living up to that #17 selection. Sutter’s confidence in him has been shown with lots of ice time. Still prefer him on the 4th line, but his PK skills are worth his salary alone. Hope he’s not asking for much more than he’s making.
JAKE MUZZIN -
I think people forget this was basically his rookie season and with all of the injuries on D he was thrown into a huge position. This season should be a lot easier for Jake and with a full camp to get ready, he should have a decent year at a cheap price.
JORDAN NOLAN -
Where does he fit? He’s often in Sutter’s doghouse. He didn’t fight much. The Kings have other players coming in. I’m not sure he’s still with the club next season despite the big body, which the Kings will need with the loss of Penner.
WILLIE MITCHELL -
I love Willie, but I think all of this skating is just a smokescreen. Again, I’ve always had a man crush on him ever since his Minnesota days, but asking Mitchell to play a full season is like asking Kyle Calder to actually score a goal after he skates fast.
FREE AGENTS -
Do the Kings NEED anyone? Will they sign Iginla? Maybe if Scuderi leaves.
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