With the offseason well underway, teams have begun their attempts to improve their rosters ahead of the 2017-2018 NHL season. The Los Angeles Kings are one of the league’s teams in dire need of a makeover as they have underwhelmed in the past couple of seasons.
General manager Rob Blake has his hands full in his first offseason with the Kings. After a disappointing 2016-2017 season, Blake is now tasked with revamping a roster in hopes of returning to the playoffs. According to Kings, Blake has decided to bring back one of the team’s restricted free agents:
“The LA Kings have signed forward Nick Shore to a one-year contract extension, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.
Shore’s contract will have an Annual Average Value (AAV) of $925,000.”
Re-signing Shore to a one-year extension is a savvy, low-risk move for the Kings as the center was able to modestly contribute to the team. He set several career marks last season, including goals, assists, and points. While he had an up-and-down season last year, Los Angeles knows what kind of player they are getting in Shore and lose almost nothing if he does not pan out. If he has another subpar outing, the Kings can simply let him walk next summer and fill the void with another low-cost option.
After retaining Shore, the Kings will now look to address the rest of their free agency issues. Los Angeles was one of the slowest teams on the ice last year and will need to resolve this problem before making their way back to the top. Either way, Blake has his work cut out for him.