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February 21, 2016 | 7:54pm ET
Kings GM keeping watchful eye
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Los Angeles Kings plan on making another run at a Stanley Cup championship and GM Dean Lombardi is exploring ways of adding extra firepower to his roster.

The Kings are among the teams in the mix for Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd, whom Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is taking calls on.

Lombardi was believed to have presented the Jets with an acceptable offer for defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, and had he not re-signed with Winnipeg, the Kings were expected to make a move to acquire him, two separate sources told TFP earlier this month.

In addition to Ladd, the Kings are also keeping tabs on Calgary Flames forward Jiri Hudler and defenseman Kris Russell, while Boston left wing Loui Eriksson is also a target if he does not sign an extension with the Bruins.

Lombardi does not have a first-round pick in this year's draft to deal, which could keep him from acquiring a top-tier talent -- unless he's willing to part with one of his top prospects.

TSN's Gary Lawless reported earlier today that at least one team has already offered the Jets a first-round pick and a prospect for Ladd.

According to two executive sources on rival teams, the Kings are contemplating dangling top prospect Adrian Kempe.

Kempe, drafted 29th overall by the Kings in the 2014 NHL Draft, shown major signs of hockey brilliance during the World Junior Championship, but has gone goalless in his last 17 games in the AHL -- he has three assists in that span.

Meanwhile, the Kings are also among the teams interested in Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak and right wing P-A Parenteau, and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis.

Hamhuis, 33, is in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He owns a full no-trade clause, and has voiced his desire to stay in Vancouver, but the Ottawa Sun reported on Sunday that the Canucks are expected to ask him to waive it at some point prior to the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

The Kings have also scouted the Montreal Canadiens fairly often this month, creating speculation that they have some interest in forward Dale Weiss and defenseman Andrei Markov, who has a limited no-trade clause.


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