The Los Angeles Kings would like to re-sign left wing Milan Lucic, and the feeling is most definitely mutual, but the two sides remain odds what the length of a new contract should look like.
Lucic, 27, is in the final year of his contract and is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
He hasn't made it a secret that he and his family love playing in Los Angeles, but he appears to be looking for a deal in the six-year and beyond range, and sources suggest the Kings are hoping to get him signed to a deal closer to four years.
Lucic is also looking for at least $6 million per season, while the Kings are eyeing a deal in the neighborhood of $5.5 million, annually.
If the Kings are unable to re-sign Lucic, it's believed GM Dean Lombardi will explore his options both in the trade market and via free agency, though he's unlikely to be a player for some of the top forwards and bolster his blueline at the same time.
The Kings are likely to kick the tires on pending unrestricted free agent defensemen Keith Yandle and Dan Hamhuis, but may be priced out of the market unless they move one of their roster players.
Dustin Brown, whom the organization has stripped him of his captaincy, is not expected to be traded, nor will he be bought out, but the likes of Marian Gaborik, Kyle Clifford and Dwight King could be dangled as trade bait.