The Los Angeles Kings’ top offseason moves
A few weeks ago, it was reported that the Los Angeles King’s new general manager, Chris Lee, was set to be promoted to head coach, with the Kings reportedly being looking for a new general managers job in 2018.
It seems that that news is now confirmed, as the Kings are reportedly on the lookout for a head coach for 2018, according to Ken Berger of the LA Times.
The Kings reportedly had interest in hiring former Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, but that deal fell through.
Julien’s contract with the Bruins runs through 2021, which is exactly six years and $30 million from now.
In that same span, Julien will be 32 years old, and is coming off of a five-year deal worth $36 million per year.
The Bruins also fired their head coach after a 2-14 season in 2019-20.
With Julien in place, it would seem that the Kings could make an immediate upgrade in their goaltending, with Tuukka Rask reportedly set to return to the starting netminder spot for 2018-19.
That would make the Kings one of the better teams in the league at saving face, and possibly save their job for next season, as it would allow them to focus on the upcoming 2018-2019 campaign, as well as the NHL Entry Draft.
The biggest move that could happen with the new general manger of the Kings is likely to be the hiring of a head trainer.
According to Berger, the Kings would like to add a head fitness trainer, which would give them an added piece to their training facility, as they have a long history of training the top players in the game.
The addition of a trainer could also help the Kings deal with a plethora of injuries in their net, as their goaltenders often take a lot of hits on the ice.
As of right now, the only player who has taken a lot more hits than the Kings goalie is Los Angeles’ own Filip Forsberg.
It’s possible that the team could be looking to add more trainers to help keep their goalties healthy.
The LA Kings have a number of young goaltenders, with former Los Angeles Ducks prospect Filip Forsburg having a promising future as a backup for the Ducks.
This season, the former fifth round pick has a .912 save percentage in 22 games with the Ducks, but has been on the injured reserve list.
In 2018-06, Forsberg started 16 of the team’s 23 games, going 10-4-0 with a 2.34 goals against average and .923 save percentage.
He has only one goal in 10 playoff games so far this season, but he has been a key part of the Ducks team that made the Stanley Cup Final this past season.
In terms of injuries, the biggest problem the Kings have is their goaltend.
The organization has a number on injuries, but the Kings goaltender is not a healthy goalie, as his career is still quite young.
That is why it is highly likely that the organization will try to find a way to get a goalie in the future.
The next logical move that the King’s could make is to re-sign one of their former goaltenders.
Former Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukke Rask is coming under increasing pressure to step up and be more consistent in 2018-39, and the Kings need to find an answer at the position.
The team has been linked to some of the NHL’s top goaltenders in the past, including Roberto Luongo and Ilya Bryzgalov.
If they can get Rask back in the fold, it will allow the Kings to be more competitive next season.