LA Kings LA Kings Insider Presented By Solar City Ontario Reign
June 26, 2010 6:33 pm

Moving right along…

The draft is only a few hours old, and already focus turns to Thursday and the start of the free-agent signing period.’s Pierre LeBrun gets us started with a good blog item about the Kings’ interest in Ilya Kovalchuk, and a top-four defenseman. Pierre, as usual, hit it right on, in my opinion. Patrick Marleau’s re-signing made a thin market even slimmer, and probably increases the chances of the Kings going after Kovalchuk. The question is, how many other teams will be in that scrum and how much will they spend? On the back end, the Kings are an improbable fit for Toronto’s needs in terms of Kaberle. I tend to think that the Kings will get priced out of what seems to be an ever-growing market for Hamhuis, even though he would be a good fit. Seems as though the bidding there has the potential to get a little out of control in relation to Hamhuis’ ability, but we’ll see. It will be very interesting.

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.