The 38-year-old defenseman appears to be parting ways with Detroit and could be the veteran presence needed to replace Robyn Regehr. He’s mobile and can produce from the back end and is effective on the power play. He’s more of a puck mover than Regehr, and this addition might make the Kings heavy on the right side, but lefty prospect Derek Forbert is knocking at the door of the NHL, which would finally give L.A. some much-needed options at the blue line.
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D Johnny Oduya
Johnny Oduya is more of a fantasy pick than a realistic acquisition, but it’s fun to imagine right? A top-four defenseman in Chicago who's capable of eating minutes, stopping a speed game and playing the same physical brand of defense that the Kings play. He’s been a solid compliment to Duncan Keith, who plays similar to Drew Doughty and he’s got a hard left shot. Sadly, his price is likely to be too much for the cap-strapped Kings to afford.
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RW Justin Williams
Kings GM Dean Lombardi admitted that this is a tough one, but a key figure in the dressing room and an even more important figure in two Stanley Cup runs, Justin Williams is a must-get for L.A. Deep in a playoff series, no one is more valuable than Mr. Game 7.
D Andrej Sekera
Lombardi thinks a deal is do-able with the blue liner they acquired at the trade deadline. He plays a simple game with strong puck-moving skills and was an instant fit in the Kings’ system. The 29-year-old is affordable and willing to work out a deal, making him a priority signing.
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D Barrett Jackman
For the first time in his career, Jackman will play for a team other than the St. Louis Blues. An old school, stay-at-home defenseman with a grinding, physical game, he's a textbook Darryl Sutter/Dean Lombardi type of blue liner. Jackman is durable -- he’s second all-time in games played in St, Louis -- and at 34 and isn’t likely to command an exorbitant price. Where Robyn Regehr left off, Jackman picks up.
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C Antoine Vermette
Vermette was Chicago’s postseason hero as a short-term rental. Familiar with the Pacific Division from more than three seasons in Arizona, he brings a two-way game with some speed. The Kings failed to keep up when games turned into track meets last season and a speedy forward is an asset for a team who relies on a heavy presence up the middle.
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D Mike Reilly
A 2011 fourth-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Reilly failed to sign with the team before the June 15 deadline -- the day his draft rights expired. The 21-year-old defenseman out of the University of Minnesota previously met with L.A. during the NHL scouting combine and the Kings are on his short list. A two-way blue liner who has tremendous offensive upside, he’s young but the nature of his situation would warrant a very cap-friendly deal.