Plugging Holes -- Los Angeles Kings
The Hole: A penalty-killing forward
Is this the destination for Ilya Kovalchuk? Maybe, but with the KHL still calling his name it's tough to say with certainty if he'll even be available to NHL teams on July 1. So while the Kings are perceived as the favorites to land Kovalchuk's services if he stays stateside, here's another area the team can address.
The Kings were a solid team at even-strength in 2009-10, and their power play ranked seventh in the regular season before scoring at a ridiculous 38.5 percent clip in the playoffs against the Vancouver Canucks. The biggest area of weakness was the team's 20th-ranked penalty kill. With several key penalty killers on the squad facing unrestricted free agency (Sean O'Donnell, Jeff Halpern, Fredrik Modin and Alexander Frolov), the Kings need to shore up that unit for 2010-11.