By PowerPlayCJ @powerplaywithcj on August 2, 2014
The Los Angeles Kings won their second Stanley Cup in three seasons and have been relatively quiet this offseason. Having said that, the team has still made moves to ensure that competing for Stanley Cups remains the status quo. These tweaks surely help the Kings remain among the NHL’s elite.
No one wanted to see Mitchell leave L.A. but he’s an older player and the team needs youth on defense. The Florida Panthers showed Mitchell the money and he will be playing his usual steady game in South Florida as his NHL career winds down.
The power forward is still a ways off from the NHL but the Kings have nothing but time. Look for the Swede to be a skilled and powerful winger in the mold of Max Pacioretty when he does crack Los Angeles’ roster.
King’s physicality and occasional offensive productivity are a big part of the Kings’ attack on a night in, night out basis. Keeping the team’s namesake in the fold for the next three years ensures the Kings’ forecheck will be as effective as ever.
Greene’s impact doesn’t show up on the stat sheet but that doesn’t make him any less important. The giant defenseman makes life a living hell for opposing forwards in front of the net and his impact on the Kings’ two Stanley Cups was immense. In taking a four year deal worth a total of million Greene ensures he will be making life difficult for the Western Conference’s best forwards.
The Kings locked up the trade deadline acquisition/playoff hero before free agency and kept the nucleus of the team together. Gaborik accepted less than market value to stay in L.A. which all but cemented the Kings’ status as first class organization.
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