Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi is expected to explore multiple ways of tinkering with his roster this off-season, as he attempts to give his team more firepower for the 2016-17 season.
Lombardi is believed to have shopped veteran forward Dustin Brown, who has reportedly been stripped of his captaincy, but TFP has learned a trade is not currently in the works and there is a good chance Brown remains with the club next season.
Brown, 31, has been the Kings' captain since 2008 after taking over for Rob Blake, and the Los Angeles Times reports star center Anze Kopitar could take over as the club's captain.
Brown, who has struggled offensive the last two seasons and has seen his ice time mainly on the team's third line, is not expected to be bought out, either.
With Brown presumably on the Kings' roster come training camp, Lombardi is expected to pursue other ways of shaking up parts of his roster.
The Kings are not expected to re-sign pending unrestricted free agent forwards Kris Versteeg and Trevor Lewis, and defenseman Luke Schenn, while winger Milan Lucic, defenseman Jamie McBain and goalie Jhonas Enroth's futures are up in the air.
Contract discussions between the Kings and Lucic remain ongoing, though there has not been significant progress made lately.
Lombardi is expected to explore trade options on forwards Marian Gaborik, Kyle Clifford and Tanner Pearson, while defenseman Alec Martinez, who underwent shoulder surgery and is expected to be fully recovered by September, could be packaged for an upgrade on defense.
If the Kings are unable to re-sign Lucic, Lombardi could try to replace him via free agency and also look to bolster his blueline.
The Kings are expected to strengthen their defensive corps this off-season, either via trade or free agency.