There were two significant developments for the Los Angeles Kings today on the left wing.
First, the Kings signed Scott Parse to a two-year deal worth $1.8 million dollars, $900k per year. Parse showed his offensive potential last season scoring 11 goals and 13 assists in 59 games. Despite some inconsistent patches throughout the season, Parse was strong on all areas of the ice, posting a +13. The Kings will most likely be looking for Parse to hold down 82 games in the coming year, rather than floating in and out as the “13th forward”.
Signing Parse adds to the options GM Dean Lombardi has on the left wing, which he will need as it looks like Alexander Frolov might have skated his last game in Black and Forum Blue. During a radio interview in Edmonton, Lombardi voiced his lack of confidence that Frolov will re-sign with the Kings, citing the KHL as a possible destination for the talented-yet-enigmatic forward.
You can listen to the interview here.
In the interview, Lombardi also has some interesting insights on the playoffs, Jonathan Bernier, Thomas Hickey, and the importance of the Draft Combine when it comes to selecting prospects.
It will be very interesting to see who the Kings will look at to replace Frolov on left wing. Will Lombardi be looking for Parse or maybe Brad Richardson to step up and steal that spot? Or will he look to a prospect (Schenn, Holloway) or free-agent market (Kovalchuk, Ponikarovsky, Matthew Lombardi) to take that spot?
Stay tuned for further developments…
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Written by Eric Cooney
Eric Cooney was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina, and lives in Los Angeles, CA. He shares his thoughts on the NHL as one man who is a northerner, southerner, east coaster, and west coaster. Follow him on Twitter @EricCooney