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Los Angeles Kings: 5 Notable Free Agents Who May Not Return

Los Angeles Kings: 5 Notable Free Agents Who May Not Return

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The Los Angeles Kings are just one win away from claiming their second Stanley Cup in three years. While the Cup has yet to be presented, it is not too early to think about what Kings have expiring contracts and may not be back in Los Angeles next year

5. Linden Vey

Linden Vey
Gary A. Vasquez

5. Linden Vey

Linden Vey
Gary A. Vasquez

The former Regina Pat star played 18 games with the Kings and didn’t look out of place at all. He is a restricted free agent and given his skill set and difficulty cracking the Kings’ deep lineup, a trade could be in line. A player who averaged better than a point per game in the minors at age 23 would surely draw interest.

4. Dwight King

Dwight King
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4. Dwight King

Dwight King
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The fan favorite is a restricted free agent and will almost certainly be back with the Kings next year. Look for a two-year deal worth roughly .5 million per season to be what keeps the grinder in L.A.

3. Matt Greene

Matt Greene
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Matt Greene

3. Matt Greene

Matt Greene
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Like Mitchell, Greene played the game the right way and was a great “foot soldier” for the Kings. Having said that, look for the two sides to split as Greene takes his championship pedigree and defense-first mindset to a team that needs it. Look for the Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild to be inquiring about the pending free agent.

2. Willie Mitchell

Willie Mitchell
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2. Willie Mitchell

Willie Mitchell
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Given his age and injury woes, this could be the end of the line for the longtime defensive defenseman. Riding off into the sunset with a Stanley Cup like Ray Bourque and Mark Recchi would be the perfect flashy ending to a career that was anything but.

1. Marian Gaborik

Marian Gaborik
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1. Marian Gaborik

Marian Gaborik
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Gaborik is without question the biggest free agent on the Kings and one of the bigger names on the market overall. While there will surely be better offers on the market, it’s hard to see Gaborik leaving the Kings. He has looked more comfortable in Los Angeles than he did in either Columbus or New York. If a big-name free agent were to take a “hometown discount,” Gaborik is the one.