The Los Angeles Kings will be active in free agency next summer as they look to fill a need in the middle of the NHL’s expansion draft.
The Kings could be a good fit for the Chicago Blackhawks, who are looking to make a move, or for another team in the NHL, according to Marc Berman of The Hockey News.
One team that could be in line for a deal is the Pittsburgh Penguins, which could be willing to part with a prospect or two in return.
The Kings are reportedly interested in acquiring defenseman Jakub Voracek, who has a contract with the club through 2021.
The 22-year-old has played in just seven games this season after suffering a concussion in a playoff loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Panthers are in a similar situation with goaltender Jonathan Quick, who was placed on injured reserve following his first NHL loss on Feb. 23.
The 23-year, 78-save veteran was drafted in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and is a free agent in 2019.
The New York Rangers are looking for a defenseman and goaltending depth piece as they enter the 2017-18 season.
They could be interested in veteran goaltender Carey Price, according a source.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have a pair of defensemen that could come to the table.
Pittsburgh would like to move defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, but the team has a number of suitors, including the Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks.
Shattenkirks name was mentioned during the NHL Entry draft in 2014, and he has a five-year deal that includes an arbitration clause.
He has played for the Pittsburgh Penguin, Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators, among others.
The Philadelphia Flyers are in need of a defenseman, and could be looking to move their top defensive prospect, Michael Del Zotto, according an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Del Zoto is an undersized, 21-year old defenseman who has played the last four seasons in the WHL, with a career .926 save percentage.
The Philadelphia Flyers would be willing for the defenseman to go down to the minors if he is not ready to go in time for the 2018-19 season.
The Blue Jackets have a number available at this time.
The Montreal Canadiens are in desperate need of defensive help as they battle for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
They would like the return of a number one defenseman, but there is not much available on the market right now, according Matt Finn of the Montreal Gazette.