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5 Free Agents the Los Angeles Kings Should Target This Offseason

5 Free Agents the Los Angeles Kings Should Target This Offseason

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With a highly talented list of free agents to choose from, many teams will be busy wheeling and dealing this offseason. The Los Angeles Kings will be returning the majority of their roster next season, but if Marian Gaborik, Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene choose to take their services elsewhere, the Kings will have a few gaps to fill. Here are a few players the Kings need to target if they want to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals.

5. Matt Greene

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5. Matt Greene

Matt Greene Los Angeles Kings
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The 31-year-old Matt Greene is one of the toughest customers in the league. He is a seasoned veteran, and he knows what it takes to win a Cup. He brings strength and balance to a defensive squad that relies heavily on the offensive production from Drew Doughty. It is essential that the Kings re-sign Matt Greene and keep the core blue liners from 2014 together.

4. David Legwand

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4. David Legwand

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David Legwand is one of the most underrated forwards in the NHL. Largely unnoticed because of the time he spent in Nashville, Legwand is a playmaker who could be a quality second-line center for any team. With the King's depth, Legwand could help to improve the third unit, and he could be a fairly affordable option in this year's free agent market.

3. Matt Niskanen

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3. Matt Niskanen

Matt Niskanen Pittsburgh Penguins
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If the Kings are not able to re-sign Mitchell and Greene, they are going to need to replace two defensemen who logged a heavy load of minutes throughout the year. Niskanen has a cannon of a shot, and he can be a solid second line defenseman. Although Mitchell and Greene are more physical players, Niskanen is a two-way player who brings in a high level of skill that could take some offensive stress off of Drew Doughty.

2. Marian Gaborik

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2. Marian Gaborik

Marian Gaborik Los Angeles Kings
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Many teams will be interested in Marian Gaborik after his performance in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. Gaborik's speed and offensive presence has been a huge reason why the Kings have been so successful. His ability to score late in games is something that the Kings cannot afford to lose next season. Although the Kings will have to make cap room for the All-Star, Gaborik balances out the high octane offense that the Kings thrive on.

1. Ryan Kesler

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1. Ryan Kesler

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Ryan Kesler has made it known that he wants out of Vancouver. The Kings could use Kesler as a playmaker, but they could also benefit from his experience. Kesler is a leader in the locker room who has learned a lot from playing alongside the Sedin brothers. If L.A. is able to secure Kesler, the Kings will have the most potent offense in the league.