In this day an age, sports leagues and teams don’t really have an off-season. The Kings are continuing making the team better in a quest to regain the Stanley Cup. While the team prepares for the NHL Entry Draft and upcoming free agent signing period, the front office will continue to shore up the roster.
After the Kings were eliminated from the playoffs, injury news immediately started coming out. The NHL lauds itself for having the most grueling playoffs and toughest players. This always means a list of players that played the playoffs hurt.
Fox Sports West and Kings Insider reporter Jon Rosen reported that forwards Dustin Brown and Trevor Lewis had successful surgeries after the playoffs. Both are expected to be ready for the start of training camp in September.
Brown had surgery on his left shoulder, while Lewis underwent an operation on his right hand.
The duo set career best totals in points this past season. So the fact that they were hurt during the playoffs does help explain their lack of production.
The Oscar (Fantenberg) goes to…
The Kings shored up their defensive depth as they re-signed defensemen Oscar Fantenberg to a new one year contract worth $650,000. Fantenberg played 27 games for the Kings last season scoring two goals, and dishing out seven assists, for nine points on the season.
— LA Kings ⛳️ (@LAKings) May 17, 2018
Fantenberg is more of a stay at home defensemen than a scorer. He played very little after January, but he did step up in a big way in the playoffs when Jake Muzzin and Drew Doughty missed games due to injuries and suspension, respectively. Fatenberg logged 54 minutes in the Kings double overtime loss in game two, he was not on the ice for any goals against and has an assist on one of the Kings three goals of the series.
A House Divided
If your a hockey nut like me, then at 6:00 AM PST, you’ll get up to watch Team USA face Team Sweden in the hockey World Championships. The two teams face off in one of the semi-finals with the winner going to the gold medal game.
Sweden is the defending champion having, having beaten Canada in the final. Meanwhile, the U.S. is seeking to reach their first final at the competition. The U.S. were bronze medalist at this event in 2013 and 2015.
Kings fans might find it hard to root against either team as two Kings will be on the opposite side of the ice in the game.
Tomorrow, @Trekronorse and @usahockey will battle for a spot in the final. Their numbers from their quarter-final games are very similar – who do you think will be victorious? #SWEvsUSA #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/qxsEMZah8l
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 18, 2018
Kings forward Adrian Kempe will be suiting up for his native Sweden. Alec Martinez will be wearing the red, white, and blue. Kempe has a goal and six assists for seven points so far. Martinez has a goal and three points. Hopefully, for Kings fans, both players come home with a medal.