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June 30, 2014 | 2:55pm ET
Kings could look to re-sign Stoll, Williams
TheFourthPeriod.com

Once July 1 hits, the teams will be able to begin negotiating and signing their own players with one-year left on their contracts to new extensions.

The Los Angeles Kings have built a strong nucleus that seems poised to compete for the Stanley Cup each season.

Having won two Cups in the last three seasons, the Kings are already focused on next season's goal of repeating as NHL champions.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi has already signed defenseman Matt Greene and sniper Marian Gaborik to new contracts. Both players could have become unrestricted free agents July 1.

The Kings do not plan on re-signing UFA defenseman Willie Mitchell and could either look from within to replace him, or sign a fairly inexpensive free agent blueliner.

While fans wait to see how the team will improve for the 2014-15 campaign, much of the core will return.

In fact, the Kings' core could be together for a long time.

Forwards Dustin Brown, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Marian Gaborik, defensemen Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov, and goaltender Jonathan Quick are locked up well into the 2018-19 season and beyond. Superstar Anze Kopitar has two-years left on his deal, but will presumably ink an extension with the time comes.

Forwards Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams, the 2014 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, have one-year remaining on their contracts, but negotiations on extension could begin in the very near future, TFP has learned.

Stoll and Williams will likely be looking for three-year deals, something the Kings may be willing to provide.

Both players should see their salaries fall around what their current salary cap hits are, as well -- Stoll, $3.25 million; and Williams, $3.65 million.

The Kings are not in a rush to sign either player, but could get something worked out if all parties are set on getting a deal done.


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