On the Los Angeles Kings …
The Fourth Period: LA Kings GM Rob Blake is talking to teams about top-six scoring forwards. The Kings don’t have a lot of salary cap room – approximately $5.31 million – plus the potential $2.5 million in LTIR for Matt Greene.
Possible Destinations for Top NHL Free Agents …
Lyle Richardson on Bleacher Report: Looking at the potential landing spots for 10 of the top 2017 NHL free agents.
10. Steve Mason – The Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets and maybe the Buffalo Sabres would come calling.
9. Sam Gagner – If he doesn’t re-sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks might be interested.
7. Patrick Eaves – The Anaheim Ducks don’t have a lot of salary cap space, but they might be able to fit him in.
6. Martin Hanzal – The Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes and Vegas Golden Knights could come calling.
5. Joe Thornton – The San Jose Sharks could be interested if on a one- or two-year at a slight salary reduction.
4. Karl Alzner – The Coyotes, Sabres, Avalanche, Devils and Maple Leafs could be among the teams interested.
3. Alexander Radulov – He likes Montreal and they can’t afford to not have him back next year.
2. T.J. Oshie – LeBrun reported that the Capitals re-signing Oshie is one of their priorities.
1. Kevin Shattenkirk – The Devils, Lightning and Maple Leafs are looking for puck-moving defensemen, with the Rangers maybe having the inside track.