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December 31, 2010 // 2:44pm ET
Kings looking to bolster blueline

As much as Kings GM Dean Lombardi would like to add another top-six forward to his roster, a more pressing need might be a veteran body on defense.

The Kings have been outscored 13-7 in their last two games, a serious cause for concern, as the Los Angeles Times points out.

"Certainly two of our ugliest of the year," Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi told the Times. "But we're not making excuses for ourselves."

Following last night's 7-4 loss to Philadelphia, Kings head coach Terry Murray held a closed door meeting before allowing the media to enter the dressing room.

"There was no message," Murray told the Times. "We're going to get back on the ice to practice. That's probably the light at the end of the tunnel for me. That we're going to be home for seven games now and we've got practice time.

"What's important is getting on the ice and reviewing and going through the fundamentals of the game."

As Murray looks to fix things internally, Lombardi is still looking for outside help.

Having already acquired left wing Marco Sturm, the Kings still have approximately $4.5 million in available cap space.

While a first-line scorer is at the top of Lombardi's wish list, he's also looking to strengthen his defensive corps and could have his sights set on several players, including Toronto's Francois Beauchemin.

The Kings have been scouting the Maple Leafs regularly of late and Beauchemin and teammate Tomas Kaberle have been the subject of many trade rumors this month.

Beauchemin, however, has a limited no-trade clause and might have to approve any deal the Leafs attempt to complete.

Files from: Los Angeles Times

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