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The Los Angeles Kings have been very busy this offseason, doing everything they can to build a winning team. They have completely adjusted their offense for what, on paper, looks to be in favor of the Kings.
The Kings replaced Ryan Smyth, Wayne Simmonds and star prospect Brayden Schenn with former Philadelphia Flyer Mike Richards and Simon Gagne from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Kings general manager Dean Lombardi brought in Mike Richards as a strong center to back up Kings star Anze Kopitar.
Richards is a tough player that has leadership experience from captaining the Philadelphia Flyers for three years and was on the Canadian hockey team that won the gold medal in the Vancouver Olympics. Another positive attribute to Richards is his ability to kill penalties. Richards had 23 goals and 43 assists in 81 games last season and should be a capable backup to Kopitar.
Veteran left wing Simon Gagne—who is a former teammate of Richards and scored 17 goals for the Tampa Bay Lighting—should add even more offensive power to the Kings as they look toward the playoffs and a possible Stanley Cup run.
The Kings have also just completed a one-year deal with Ethan Moreau, formerly of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Moreau is a strong defensive player but does not have a lot to offer offensively—only adding six points last season.