UPDATE, JULY 2: Jhonas Enroth in, Andrej Sekera and Justin Williams out. Who's up?
There are two reasons you're probably not expecting much out of July 1, as a Los Angeles Kings fan.
1) Of all NHL teams, the Kings have signed the fewest free agents on July 1 in the last decade.
2) You forgot that free agency started today, because the last week in Kings news has been all over the place.
That being said, the Kings have a couple holes to fill. One: the backup goaltender slot, which Jon Rosen covered nicely here. Two: LA is probably looking for a second-pairing defenseman, or at least, a guy that can rotate in with Alec Martinez, Matt Greene, and Brayden McNabb.
So this is the open thread! Here's a list of the top ten defensemen available, in alphabetical order, for your reference. We'll update with any news as it comes in.
He actually feels like a guy the Kings might opt for, but something about him in an LA jersey seems off. Can you tell me what it is? [UPDATE: Signed by Colorado.]
Left-shot who's more comfortable on the right side, and injuries might drive down the price... I could see it.
Kings went in a different direction at the deadline; has anything changed?
If Oduya or Martin are too big-name, the biggest name of the 2015 class definitely is. [UPDATE: Signed by Detroit.]
Remember when Martin picked Pittsburgh over LA in 2010? He fits the "one last ride" criteria now. [UPDATE: Signed by San Jose.]
Due to price, right-shot-ness, and Regehr Replaceability Quotient, a very reasonable fit. [UPDATE: Signed by Arizona.]
Definitely no desperation to sign with an immediate contender, so he'll probably get overpaid by someone else.
I mean, I'll be holding out hope until the ink dries on a new contract. [UPDATE: Signed by Edmonton.]