Kings' Winger Involved In Trade Talks

The Los Angeles Kings are gearing up for a pretty big offseason as they need to find a starting goalie and a solid 2LD. In order to do that, they must clear up some cap space. The majority of their cap space is being taken up by their forwards as there are a number of them that have decently sized cap hits of $4 million AAV-plus.

In order to upgrade elsewhere, they are thinking about moving one of these wingers. Viktor Arvidsson's name comes up as potentially the most likely player that will be traded. He's a top-six winger, there's no doubt about that, but he's also had trouble staying healthy throughout a season in the past. This season was a great showcase on what he could bring to a team at full health, scoring 26 goals and 59 points in 77 games.

Arvidsson has the potential to be a 30-goal scorer again as he did so twice in his early-to-mid 20s. The Kings did not have trouble scoring this season, the problem was keeping pucks out of their net, something they are looking to make a significant permanent upgrade to help.

Arvidsson's contract is over after next season and it carries a $4.25 million cap hit. For someone who can score 30 and put up 60 points, that's a great deal and one where teams might have a bidding war over. The Kings should have no trouble moving Arvidsson if they do intend on trading him. They have more than enough young wingers ready for bigger roles if he leaves.

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