How the Kings can save $8M on their cap this season
Kings GM Dean Lombardi said Tuesday he wants to add some depth at center with the additions of forward Matt Greene and forward Jared Cowen.
Lombardi told reporters at a news conference that the Kings will use the cap space to improve the bottom six.
“There’s a couple of options, I’m not going to get into specifics because we’re going to wait until we have a couple players in and then we’ll look at the options,” Lombardi explained.
“One is to add a few more forward.
I’m excited about that one, too.”
Cowen, 24, was the Kings’ second-round pick in 2013 and is coming off an impressive rookie season in which he posted 10 goals and 33 points in 61 games.
Greene, 21, is coming into his own after he scored 30 goals in 63 games last season and led the team with 16 assists.
“I’m excited to be here and be a part of this team,” Greene said.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been here and I’m looking forward to it.
It’s going to be fun.”
Lombardi was asked about the possibility of trading veteran defenseman Mark Fistric, who has not played since March 4, to help the Kings fill the bottom two spots.
Lombardo said he’d love to trade Fistric if they could, but he didn’t rule out trading Cowen or Greene.
“We’ll see how things shake out,” Lombardo told reporters.
“What we have here is a pretty good group of guys, and I think they have some potential, but I’m just trying to focus on our goal.”
The Kings are also looking for more scoring from their top two lines.
Greene scored 20 goals and 37 points last season, while Cowen added 17 goals and 32 points.
Greene’s production has been down this season, but Cowen has been the Kings most consistent forward.
Greene has a career plus-12 rating and was tied for second on the Kings with nine goals in 61 regular-season games.
He also scored five goals in five playoff games.
Cowen was third on the team in scoring with 28 points, including eight goals and seven assists.
The Kings will need some help from the top four to compete for a playoff spot, but Lombardi acknowledged they are not yet deep enough to contend.
“When you look at what we have right now, there’s a lot of players who are not good enough to be part of the playoffs,” Lombardis said.