Left wing Bud Holloway, who previously was unable to claim a spot on the Los Angeles Kings after he was selected in the third round by L.A. in 2006, may be close to signing a deal via free agency with the team, according to various reports.
“We know what he’s done in the Skellefteå and have registered our interest with his agent to get him over the next season,” assistant general manager Ron Hextall said to SportExpressen.se.
After three productive minor league seasons in Los Angeles’ farm system – including a 78-game, 61-point season in Manchester in 2010-11 – Holloway became a major offensive piece for Elitserien outfit Skellefteå AIK over the past two seasons. In 2012-13, Holloway led the SEL in scoring and set a Skellefteå team record with 71 points as the northern Swedish club won the regular season championship and concluded a 12-1 postseason by sweeping northern rival Luleå HF to claim the Le Mat Trophy.
The Kings remain in control of Holloway’s rights, though no contract has been announced.
“Yes, it is true that there is interest,” Holloway said to David Ekström of Norran. “I’ve talked to my agent and he said that there are clubs interested in me. But as the Los Angeles Kings own the rights to me so the store must go through them first.”
Holloway reiterated that pen has not yet hit paper in an article originally published on May 30.
“No, there is no contract proposal,” he said to Ekström. “But I can not even discuss anything until Los Angeles decides. They must take the first step.”
Holloway would provide an less-expensive, low-risk option with the potential to add some scoring from the left side — an area of focus this off-season. Though the
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