The offseason is in full swing after the 2017 NHL Draft concluded. Teams will now be looking to fill gaps and vacancies in their rosters through free agency.
The Los Angeles Kings are taking their first steps toward modifying their roster after a disappointing 2016-2017 NHL season. To begin free agency under the new front office, Los Angeles has signed Christian Folin according to Kings:
The LA Kings have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Christian Folin to a one-year contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. Folin’s contract has an Annual Average Value (AAV) of $850,000.
The Swedish defenseman has spent the past four seasons shuffling between the Minnesota Wild and their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild. The defenseman has appeared in a total of 118 NHL games, amassing a total of 23 points with four goals. Last season, Folin appeared in 51 games with Minnesota, scoring two goals and eight points. However, he also struggled with injuries throughout the year, suffering an MCL sprain in November and a labrum tear in March.
At 6’3″ and 213 pounds, Folin makes for an intriguing option for the Kings given his experience in a defensive-zone scheme. He recorded 69 hits last season, showing his physical style of play. While he will be sure to rack up penalties when he plays, the Kings were still able to shore up some of their defensive concerns. Folin may not be a flashy addition to the team, but it is a good start for Los Angeles.