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Free Agency Open Thread: Are We Getting a New Defenseman Today?

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Oh hey, we might need another defenseman. Here's who is available.

Sekera out, Enroth in, Lucic lurking
Sekera out, Enroth in, Lucic lurking
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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.

Francois Beauchemin

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.]

Christian Ehrhoff

Left-shot who's more comfortable on the right side, and injuries might drive down the price... I could see it.

Cody Franson

Kings went in a different direction at the deadline; has anything changed?

Mike Green

If Oduya or Martin are too big-name, the biggest name of the 2015 class definitely is. [UPDATE: Signed by Detroit.]

Barret Jackman

Chicago and Nashville are front-runners, reportedly. Jackman's noteworthy Kings connection: this GIF was from a Kings-Blues matchup. [UPDATE: Signed by Nashville.]

Barret Jackman knows what's going on

Paul Martin

Remember when Martin picked Pittsburgh over LA in 2010? He fits the "one last ride" criteria now. [UPDATE: Signed by San Jose.]

Zbynek Michalek

Due to price, right-shot-ness, and Regehr Replaceability Quotient, a very reasonable fit. [UPDATE: Signed by Arizona.]

Johnny Oduya

Definitely no desperation to sign with an immediate contender, so he'll probably get overpaid by someone else.

Lubomir Visnovsky

Cookies! And beef!

Andrej Sekera

I mean, I'll be holding out hope until the ink dries on a new contract. [UPDATE: Signed by Edmonton.]