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June 9, 2013 | 2:20pm ET
Kings will heal, regroup this summer

At the end of it all, the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings were just too banged up to go one more round in the playoffs, and will spend the off-season regrouping for the 2013-14 campaign.

Several members of the Kings played injured throughout the playoffs, including Mike Richards, Jarret Stoll, Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown, Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar, among others.

As the players heal up over the summer, Kings GM Dean Lombardi will be focused on retooling the team's roster for next season.

Lombardi's most pressing issue will be negotiating a new contract with defenseman Slava Voynov, who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent July 5.

Voynov, 23, is wrapping up a three-year, $2.462 million contract. He should see his annual salary climb well over the $4 million mark, with many believing that he could see his next deal worth between $5 million and $6 million per season.

With roughly $12 million in salary cap space, the Kings could look at the Montreal Canadiens' two-year deal with P.K. Subban as a model for Voynov's next deal before giving him a hefty contract.

The Kings must also re-sign impending RFA forwards Kyle Clifford, Trevor Leweis and Jordan Nolan, and defensemen Alec Martinez, Keaton Ellerby and Jake Muzzin.

Soon-to-be unrestricted free agent defenseman Rob Scuderi's future with the club is in limbo. The two sides were negotiating an extension during the season, and talks will resume later this month.

Forward Brad Richardson isn't expected to be brought back next season, while winger Dustin Penner could re-up for one-year, though he's likely to explore his options as an unrestricted free agent next month.

Another major focal point for Lombardi and his staff will be the future of backup goalie Jonathan Bernier.

According to a source close to the organization, Bernier is expected to be traded this off-season, likely around the June 30 NHL Draft.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Kings had discussed a deal involving Bernier during the season, and those talks will resume this month. It's believed forward Matt Read could be dealt to the Kings in a deal for Bernier.

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