On the flip side, I think some of LA's best free agent signings have mainly been defensemen:
Their two best forward signings (not including those who came straight out of college):
Have to mention Trent Klatt and Derek Armstrong as pleasant surprises who paid off more than what most fans anticipated. Luc Robitaille's 3rd stint in LA also worked out well in terms of production.
The last decent forward the Kings signed was Michal Handzus. Gagne was performing damn well in the early going of last season but the amount of games missed probably gives him an incomplete grade.
You know who were a couple of players who I thought were wastes of a roster spot? Scott Thornton and Kyle Calder. Thankfully those experiments didn't last very long.
Kings resurrected Mathieu Schneider's career. He struggled as an Islander, Ranger and Leaf before coming to the Kings and having a 50 point season. First since he was a Hab.
Willie Mitchell always has a place in my heart.
Kyle Calder stunk but I didn't mind Scott Thornton. Veteran leader who chipped in with a few goals and fights. I think he was liked by his team mates and the organization. He is a respected dude, and tough. Didn't a few players or someone contact him about Sutter hiring?
Derek Armstrong was a good guy too, met him once. Dude was a +13 once for the Kings, on a non playoff team!