Whether the Los Angeles Kings or the fans want to admit it or not the team is in a rebuild but will it take forever?
That depends on how management approaches the rebuild and what kind of rebuild they want to do.
There are 3 ways to rebuild a hockey team but they do not always work the way they are supposed to.
To just play out the season as is. The Kings would play out the season without much movement roster wise and plan for changes in the offseason.
The Kings can see what they have in Ontario (Reign AHL) during the season and see what progress the players have made and prepare for next season.
To blow the team up now. Aside from Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar, everyone should be on the trading block this season. The Kings can get rid of salary, trade for NHL ready players or make moves for the future and trade for picks and prospects.
The approach is to play the young kids in both Los Angeles and Ontario as much as possible. The young players who Rob Blake and Coach McLellan do not see as part of the future will not be with the Kings organization. Those who are chosen will be counted on as building blocks for a championship run in the near future.
The Los Angeles Kings have time to turn this season around. This team could be a cup contender as soon as next year and have pieces to make a late-season playoff run this year.
What would be your plan to turn the Kings around?
You are the G.M., what is your first move?
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