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A Look at the Kings Free Agents

by Thomas LaRocca / Los Angeles Kings
Kings GM Dean Lombardi will have some decisions to make as Free Agency begins July 1 at 9 a.m. (PT).

The Kings have extended qualifying offers to defenseman Drew Bagnall, defenseman Jack Johnson, forward Brady Murray, forward Scott Parse, defenseman Joe Piskula, forward Teddy Purcell and forward Kevin Westgarth. The team did not extend offers to forward Vladimir Dravecky and goaltender Daniel Taylor who will become unrestricted free agents.

The Kings also have four unrestricted free agents, forward Derek Armstrong, forward Kyle Calder, defenseman Denis Gauthier and forward Matt Moulson.

Free agency begins Wednesday, July 1 at 9 a.m (PT).

A look at the Kings restricted free agents:

Bagnall, 25, was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 23, 2007 after originally being Dallas' 6th round choice, 195th overall, in 2003. He played in 79 games with the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings American Hockey League affiliate, scoring 0-6=6. The 6-3, 222-pound defenseman finished second on the Monarchs with 150 penalty minutes.

Johnson, 22, was acquired from Carolina along with defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky in exchange for center Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason on Sept. 29, 2006, signing an entry-level contract with the Kings on March 27, 2007. He was Carolina's 1st round choice, 3rd overall, in 2005. The 6-1, 225-pound blueliner appeared in 41 games with the Kings, scoring 6-5=11 and collecting 46 PIMs in 2008-09. His six goals were tied for the team lead amongst Kings defenseman while he tied for first among NHL defensemen with three shootout goals (was 3-for-6 = 50 percent). Johnson missed half the season due to a shoulder injury suffered in the second game of the season. For his career, Johnson has tallied 9-13=22 in 120 games with 140 PIMs.

Murray, 24, appeared in 36 games with HC Lugano of the Swiss National League, scoring 26-15=41. The 5-10, 185-pound forward was the Kings' fifth-round choice (152nd overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared in four games with the Kings (all of them during the 2007-08 season) scoring 1-0=1 with his lone NHL goal coming Oct. 12, 2007 vs. Boston.

Parse, 25, was selected by the Kings in the sixth round (174th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, recorded 39 points (15-24=39) and 38 penalty minutes in 74 games with Manchester (AHL). The 6-0, 193-pound forward ranked fifth on Manchester with 39 points while his 15 goals was tied for fourth on the team.

Piskula, 25, was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on March 21, 2007. The 6-3, 215-pound defenseman recorded 12 points (0-12=12) and 40 penalty minutes in 67 games with Manchester (AHL). He led Manchester with a plus-11 rating. Piskula played in five games with the Kings during the 2006-07 season, going scoreless with six PIM.

Purcell, 23, was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 27, 2007. The 6-3, 202-pound forward had 16 points (4-12=16) and four penalty minutes in 40 games with the Kings and 38 points (16-22=38) and 12 penalty minutes in 38 games with Manchester (AHL). Purcell had an NHL career-high five-game point streak (2-4=6), which lasted from March 1 - March 9, 2009. He led Manchester with 16 goals and was second with 38 points (16-22=38 in 38 games) at the time of this call-up, in addition, he was named to the 2009 Canadian AHL All-Star Team Jan. 6, 2009 (second straight selection) and recorded five assists in the game (Jan. 26, 2009 in Worcester).

Westgarth, 25, was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on March 16, 2007. The 6-5, 241-pound forward had zero points and nine penalty minutes in nine games with the Kings and 10 points (4-6=10) and 165 penalty minutes in 65 games with Manchester (AHL). His 165 penalty minutes led the Monarchs and was tied for 24th in the AHL.

Dravecky, 24, was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on May 31, 2007. The 6-0, 196-pound forward scored 6-18=24 in 80 games with Manchester last season. Taylor, 23, the Kings seventh round choice, 221st overall in 2004, posted a 3-16-1 mark with a 3.91 GAA and a .882 SV% in 22 games with the Reading Royals of the ECHL. Taylor rebounded to post a 7-4-2 mark with a 2.66 GAA and a .909 SV% with the Monarchs. Taylor appeared in one game with the Kings, stopping 8-of-10 shots in relief vs. the Dallas Stars on March 29, 2008 in a 7-2 loss.

A look at the Kings unrestricted free agents:

Armstrong, 36, was acquired from the New York Rangers for a sixth-round draft choice in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft on July 16, 2002. The 6-0, 197-pound forward played in 56 games with the Kings in 2008-09, scoring 5-4=9. Overall, Armstrong has played in 385 games with the Kings, scoring 72-149=221. For his career, he has posted 72-149=221 in 471 games played with the Kings, Rangers and Islanders, who selected him in the sixth round, 128th overall, in 1992.

Calder, 30, was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on July 2, 2007, scoring 8-19=27 in 74 games played with the Kings in 2008-09. Calder also added 7-13=20 in 65 games with the Kings in 2007-08. The 5-11, 177-pound forward has scored 114-178=292 in 576 games played with the Kings, Red Wings, Flyers, and Blackhawks, who drafted him in the 5th round, 130th overall, in 1997.

Gauthier, 32, was acquired by the Kings with a second round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Patrik Hersley and forward Ned Lukacevic. The 6-2, 220-pound Gauthier, appeared in 65 games with the Kings, scoring 2-2=4 and collecting 90 PIMs. Gauthier has appeared in 554 games with the Kings, Flyers, Coyotes and Flames, who drafted him 20th overall in 1995.

Moulson, 25, had one point (1-0=1) and two penalty minutes in seven games with the Kings and 47 points (21-26=47) and 35 penalty minutes in 54 games with Manchester (AHL). The 6-1, 206-pound forward led Manchester with 21 goals and 11 power-play goals, while ranking third on Manchester with 47 points and fourth with 26 assists. His lone goal for the Kings was the game-winner Oct. 14, 2008 vs. Anaheim.

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