See what winning will do? Stoll was entrenched in the South Bay community. So long as he got a fair offer, he was staying. In fact if there was a Kings UFA worth overpaying for, it was Stoll. The Kings don't have a suitable replacement in-house and they certainly would have overpaid to get Gaustad or Moore if they missed out on Stoll.
But the best part of this for the franchise and it's fans is LAK has been unsuccessful trying to overpay UFAs, now after winning a cup, they're able to underpay some guys who wanna stay and maybe recruit some guys they haven't been able to in the past, we'll see.
Kings are in a great place short term and long term. Finally!
You're aware they never got married and split up like 3 years ago right?
LMAO I was thinking the same exact thing. Did we discover time travel while I was asleep last night?
I was worried that we might lose Stoll and to get him re-upped for less than what he has been paid over the last few years is great. We'll see what becomes of Loktionov. He didn't exactly light it up when given a chance, but he's still only 22 and you can't discount the Murray factor when considering everyone's offense last year.
Kings have $12 million available with 22 players signed. Only one more player needed to be signed. I could see Penner with a two year deal around $7-8 million ($3.5-$4 cap hit).
Well King is a RFA. But aside from him, Penner is what's left to sign of FAs. No way Penner gets more than 2/5.5M. Of the UFAs on the team, he's the most replaceable. He has little leverage with the Kings. If he wants to stay, he's making less than Stoll.
People would pay 4 Mil for a guy who didn't even hit 25 points last year? Granted it may have been an off year for him, but I would rather pay Boyle 1.8 to produce the same amount of points.
Stoll played a significant amount less than he did the previous years and the team itself was scoring less. As a team's 2C, he puts up 20 goals and ~45 points as well as being effective in the dot and in shutting down the other team. He's a veteran with multiple trips to the Cup Finals and was our most consistent forward in the playoffs.
That's easy 4M for Stoll on the open market. Boyle is much less proven and is not nearly as well rounded, thus he get's less even if his point totals are similar to Stoll's on his down year.
Penner will give a hometown discount. His experiences have taught him that it isn't all about the coin. These guys have a very good thing going in LA. If you're young and stupid and not roughed up by life a bit, you don't realize how rare and valuable that can be.