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07-15-2013, 10:17 PM
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LA seems to have a major surplus of both forwards and defenceman

You basically pencil all these guys in up front:
-Anze Kopitar
-Mike Richards
-Jarret Stoll
-Dustin Brown
-Justin Williams
-Jeff Cater
-Tyler Toffoli
-Matt Frattin
-Trevor Lewis
-Kyle Clifford

That's 10 forwards already, then you have Dwight King, Colin Fraser, Jordan Nolan, as well as youngsters knocking on the door like Tanner Pearson (name-checked by LA management as having a good shot at making the team); Linden Vey (likewise); Brandon Kozun and Andy Andreoff (Who some see as having a Kyle Clifford-like impact on the team whenever he gets called up). That's 7 guys for 2-3 spots.

On defence, you've got pencilled in:
-Drew Doughty
-Slava Voynov
-Matt Greene
-Robyn Regehr

Which leaves you with Keaton Ellerby (who was just re-signed); Jeff Schultz (who was just signed); Jake Muzzin (also just re-signed); Alex Martinez (ditto); the fresh-from-college Derek Forbort and the wildcard of Willie Mitchell (who recently posted a video where it looked like he was ready/able to play).

So, realistically, Colin Fraser, Jordan Nolan are almost definitely available. Dwight King might be. Kyle Clifford might even be, along with one of Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez or maybe Willie Mitchell. There's a lot there that Montreal could be interested in, especially Clifford, King and Mitchell.

But, I would imagine it would be for picks or prospects in return because LA doesn't really need any more NHL-ready bodies.

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