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2005-06 Finish: 42-35-5, 10th West
General Manager: Dean Lombardi (1st Season)
Head Coach: Marc Crawford (1st Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 249
2005-06 Goals Against: 270
2005-06 Power Play: 14.2% (29th)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 78.7% (30th)
Points Leader: Lubomir Vishnovsky (67)
Goals Leader: Mark Parrish (29)
Assists Leader: Lubomir Vishnovsky (50)

Offseason Moves: Acquired centre Patrick O'Sullivan and a 2006 first-round pick from the Minnesota Wild for centre Pavol Demitra; agreed to terms with defenceman Rob Blake, who had been with the Colorado Avalanche, on a two-year contract; agreed to terms with left wing Scott Thornton, who had been with the San Jose Sharks, on a two-year contract; agreed to terms with centre Alyn McCauley, who had been with the San Jose Sharks, on a three-year contract; agreed to terms with right wing Brian Willsie, who had been with the Washington Capitals, on a two-year contract; acquired goaltender Dan Cloutier from the Vancouver Canucks for a 2007 second-round pick and a 2009 conditional pick; signed defenceman Kevin Dallman, who had been with the St. Louis Blues, to a two-year contract; signed left wing Raitis Ivanans, who had been with the Montreal Canadiens, to a one-year contract.

Goaltending: The 2006-07 season is all about fresh starts for the Kings, and it starts in goal with Dan Cloutier. He has a new opportunity to shine in L.A., and the fact that former Canucks coach Marc Crawford was hired just weeks earlier shows that the bench boss still has plenty of faith in Cloutier to win hockey games for the Kings. The acquisition of Cloutier also relegates Mathieu Garon into a backup role. He played 63 games in 2005-06, tallying a 31-26-3 record, 3.22 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage.

Defence: After five seasons in Colorado, Rob Blake returns to the team with which he played for his first ten seasons. He struggled a bit in his last season with the Avalanche, but also stayed healthy and durable in his 36-year-old frame. If he can get a full campaign in Los Angeles, he will still make a solid contribution on the scoreboard with 40 to 50 points. The real top dog on the blueline for the Kings is actually Lubomir Vishnovsky, who led the team last season with 50 assists and 67 points. The rest of the defence is a strong group that includes Aaron Miller, Mattias Norstrom, Brent Sopel and Tim Gleason.

Forwards: The Kings underwent a big shakeup in the forward ranks. Retirement, free agency and trades saw the team part ways with veterans Luc Robitaille, Jeremy Roenick, Valeri Bure and Pavol Demitra. Their departures open up a lot more ice time for younger players, namely Alexander Frolov, Dustin Brown, and Mike Cammalleri. Craig Conroy led all forwards with 66 points and will once again centre the top line, while new arrivals Scott Thornton, Brian Willsie, Alyn McCauley adds solid playmaking abilities and defensive skills for the secondary lines. And for all the off-ice headlines generated by uber-pest Sean Avery, his stats (39 points in 75 games, league-leading 257 PIM) certainly show that there's more to him than what comes out of his mouth.

Welcome to the NHL: The Kings may have room to add 2005 first-round pick Anze Kopitar, as it appears that the Slovenian centre is ready. He brings size, playmaking and good hockey sense to the table, and could see full-time duty if he makes a lasting impression in camp.
 
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