And #74′s back for a couple.
Go looking for one thing, and little do you know, it’s already in your hands.
When Dean Lombardi dealt for Dustin Penner in Feburary 2011, it momentarily posed as the answer to the Kings’ desperate need for a top-six forward that brought both size and production.
Penner, who has been somewhat of a disappointment since coming to Los Angeles, has been overshadowed – and outplayed, by a younger, more promising addition in Dwight King.
Both players will be under contract again next season, but they entail much different meaning. Penner, who is sticking around with the Kings for one more season at $3.25 million, will likely see this as one of the final contracts to grace his NHL career.
It’s an opposite spectrum for Dwight King, who is locked up for a much cheaper price, but as a player with a future that could be worth much more.
Dwight King has inked a contract extension at $1.5 million for the next two seasons.
They say money can label one’s worth; For the Kings, they’ve secured a developing asset that certainly has the potential to more than pay off for his salary the next two seasons, making this a probable steal for the Kings.
It’s safe at the absolute worst, which happens to be the best thing about it.
King, in what was his second NHL stint, came in loud, tacking up 14 points in 27 regular season games. His production didn’t falter in the postseason either, following up with eight points in the Kings’ 20-game postseason run.
King from New England, Cup’s been back in New England
Take me there: Since we last touched base, three more players and two staff personnel have enjoyed their personal days with the Stanley Cup. This round of visits includes a trip back to Boston, Massachusetts – giving New England a sniff of the hardware they owned last season.
July 13 – Lac-Beauport, Quebec
Gagne, held down with a concussion the majority of the season, appeared in just 37 regular season games, yet returned for the final four games of the Stanley Cup Finals. The head’s gotta feel quite all right; Gagne spent his day on the golf course with the Cup, as host of his annual golf tournament for local cancer charities.
July 14 – Dover, Massachusetts
Scuderi deserves this just as much as anyone else, and more than the majority of the roster. He played in every single game for the Kings this season, all 82 regular, and 20 postseason. You hardly notice him, but that’s how you know a player in Scuderi’s role is doing his absolute best. He didn’t bring the Cup back to his hometown of Long Island, NY, but to his longstanding off season home in Dover, Mass. Here, he greeted the locals with the Cup at their local Fire Department.
Scuderi robs Ottawa
July 18 – Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Fraser, who became a valued menace on the fourth-line, and erased any memories of Ryan Smyth, was a go-to asset all season long, playing in 67 regular season games, and 18 of 20 in the playoffs. His payoff was presence, not production. Fraser presented the Cup in his wife’s hometown, celebrating with a local parade through the community’s farmers market.
Beginning of the end
Another round, New digs, Cleared
Prospect ink: The Kings continued to resign restricted free agents after locking up Dwight King. This time, the front office made agreements with those in the AHL system, keeping another four prospects in Manchester Monarchs uniforms for one more season.
Those signed are Thomas Hickey, Jake Muzzin, David Meckler, and Stefan Legein. For Hickey, this may be his last grasp at a chance with this organization. The #4 overall selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft is struggling to crack through the Kings’ system. Thomas Hickey‘s NHL future may simply endear that if it works, it’ll be elsewhere.
Windy City: It didn’t take too long for Jamie Kompon to find new work, he’s been hired to reunite with Joel Quenneville and take the helm as the Chicago Blackhawks‘ assistant coach.
If powerplay struggles turn out as bad as they did for Kompon in Los Angeles, Blackhawks fans may start drinking as much as Patrick Kane.
Reasonable Dought: As expected, Drew Doughty has been cleared of sexual-assault charges.
Off the hook
The King thing