Los Angeles Kings Out of the Running For Ilya Kovalchuk, So What Now?

July 6th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Less than a week ago many Los Angeles Kings' fans were falling all over themselves in anticipation of landing prized free agent sniper Ilya Kovalchuk.

For L.A. Fans, the hype was short lived as Kings general manager Dean Lombardi recently told reporters that despite his best efforts, he was unable to get Kovalchuk to commit to Tinseltown.

With the addition of Kovalchuk the L.A. Kings would have been one of the favorites to win Lord Stanley's Cup in 2010-11; without him there are still doubts about their offense and about the teams long-term drawing power.

From the outside looking in, even without the addition of Kovalchuk, the Kings are looking good for the 2010-11 season and, with a few tweaks, should be in the running for the Stanley Cup.

According to capgeek.com the Kings have a total of 16 players signed for the upcoming 2010-11 season, with $17,526,666 in cap room with which to sign six players.

Up front the Kings boast a nice collection of grit, scoring prowess, leadership and skill with the likes of Anze Kopitar, Ryan Smyth, Michal Handzus, Dustin Brown, Wayne Simmonds, Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll in the mix.

On defense the Kin ...

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