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02-27-2013, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by kingsfan View Post
The D is not in peril without Scuderi. We could replace him with about the same money in UFA, unless there is absolutely no one available that is a similar skillset, which I doubt. If there's any one position you can get at a decent price in UFA, it's stay-at-home, blue collar defensemen. We should know, we grabbed Scuds adn Mitchell as UFA's.

Without Scuderi (and assuming Willie is gone as well and 44DD leaves as a UFA), our D is still DD, Voynov, A-Mart, Greene, Ellerby, Muzzin. That's an ok top 6, and we could then use Scuds money to bring someone else in if we feel we need an upgrade.

Let's also not forget Scuderi has a gun to his head a bit too considering he would (I believe) be signing a 35+ contract and the cap is falling by almost $6 million next season, so the market for him very well may not be as lucrative as we may think. He'll get a contract for sure, but the offers in UFA may not be any better (or even worse) than what LA could offer.

I'd do 1 year at $3 million or look elsewhere honestly.

As for Timonen, he had a few factors working in his favor. Firstly, he's made it clear that he has no issue with hanging up his NHL skates and heading back to europe. THN did a whole piece on him and how he'd like to return to europe before his career is done, and considering he's 37 now, that won't be to far away.

Secondly, he's an offensive defensemen. There's a reason guys like Brian Campbell get twice the money of a Willie Mitchell/Rob Scuderi in UFA; points sell. Yet which is a the worse overall defenseman of those three?

Timonen had way more leverage.
Timonen has repeatedly changed his tune when it came to his future. This has been going on for the past 2 or 3 seasons.

The Kings' defense without Mitchell and Scuderi looks great with the top 2 guys but it falls off after that. I think Scuderi has more leverage than you think.

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