The Los Angeles Kings have plenty of work ahead of them if they plan on defending their championship and keeping Lord Stanley’s Cup in Los Angeles. While they have a firm grasp on their playoff chances, there is plenty more for the Kings to worry about that go beyond this season.
The Kings currently carry nine defensemen on their roster. Of those nine defensemen, six of them are free agents at the end of the 2012-13 season. Slava Voynov, Keaton Ellerby, Alec Martinez and Jake Muzzin are all restricted free agents, and all of them are due for substantial raises. Rob Scuderi and Robyn Regehr are unrestricted free agents, and can go anywhere they want after the season if they choose to do so.
While it’s likely that the Kings will retain most, if not all of their free agents in the summer, keep in mind that the salary cap will also be going down to $64 million next season, so clubs will have to make tougher decisions on who stays and who goes. A choice like that could be hard for Los Angeles, who likes their core of players and doesn’t want to shake up the roster too much.
With so many players potentially coming off the books after this season, would it not be wise for the Kings to offer an extension to newly acquired Robyn Regehr?
Regehr has a cap hit of just above $4 million this season. He’s a big body, and he doesn’t mind throwing it around either. Robyn is only 32 years old, but there’s no denying there’s a little wear and tear in his game. Still, he’d be an excellent fit in Los Angeles now that he is reunited with his old coach Darryl Sutter, and could end up being one of the most effective defensemen on the team.
Robyn would most likely have to take a pay cut if he wanted to stay in Los Angeles, which remains to be seen. However, if the Kings were to offer him a contract, I feel a three-year deal would be perfect. By then, he’d be 35 and could surely be had at a lesser price.
What say you, Kings fans?
Mike Pantaleone is a Los Angeles Kings writer for RantSports.com.
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