I'm wondering if all of Richardson, Lewis, Clune and Ivanans will make up the combination for the fourth line (along with Harrold who will be in and out of the lineup as a spare rover, meaning they can utilize him as a 14th forward or the 7th defense spot).
It will give the Kings plenty of options to toy around with their lineup by having some toughness either in the form of a middleweight (Clune) or heavyweight (Ivanans), depending on the opponents lineup. Ivanans has no place in a lineup against Detroit.
I believe a line of Clune-Lewis-Richardson could work well on the fourth unit. If they need to address toughness, insert Ivanans in place of Richardson. Harrold's versatility and willingness to do anything for the team will keep him on the team. He seems comfortable sitting in the press box.
After this season, Richardson and Ivanans will likely depart (both due to become free agents) and there will be a spot for Westgarth and Cliche or another player within the system to move in to.
After this season, Handzus will be entering the final year of his contract in 2010-11. Same with Justin Williams (and yes, everybody's favorite, Zeiler, as well). Lot of competition for so few positions.
Richardson will only be an RFA. Would it be worth it to give up a 2nd round pick for him if he only ends up playing 1 year for the Kings?
It's a numbers game. A lot depends on how Richardson performs this season. If he produces as much as he did a couple of seasons ago with Colorado (scoring 14 goals and 22 points in 73 games while averaging 13:10 in ice time), then it makes sense to retain him.
Should we see a repeat of what has happened to him in the past two seasons, then I don't think there is any room for him as the Kings look to beef up their fourth line with more physicality and consistency (at least in effort).