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04-27-2010, 10:33 AM
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And upgrade at center would be nice. Both Stoll and Handzus have their pros and cons as 3rd line guys. Keep Stoll, and you get an extra year of development time for a guy like Schenn. Plus Stoll is younger and cheaper than Handzus, but that might make Stoll more valuable in a trade.

The situation at LW will have to be figured out, again. The Kings have 3 UFA's on that side, and they could really use some more speed. Obviously if Frolov leaves, you have to find somebody that can score.

RW is probably set. Brown, Simmonds, Williams. While he's here, you just have to hope you can get enough(especially games) out of Williams.

On defense, the Kings need a 3/4(or better) type of guy. Doughty/Johnson, no problem. Scuderi/Greene, solid. They're missing the guy in between. If they get good enough there, they can let the 6/7 spots play out in training camp, and then see what they need.

Goaltending. It seems fairly obvious it'll be Quick and Bernier.

They have to get faster though. They have to get guys that will win a race for the puck along the boards. They have to get guys that will win a 50/50 battle for the puck along the boards once they get there. Even when the Kings were up by a goal or two in the games against Vancouver, they were losing those boards battles. The Kings were checking(after the puck was moved), but it was the puck battles that they consistently lost. A lot of that improvement will have to come from the guys that are already here though, since there are only so many moves that are going to be made over the summer.

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