Elliotte Friedman says Kings could move top-six forward to shed salary

Published May 21, 2023 at 7:49 PM

Los Angeles' season came to an end much earlier than they had hoped, especially after making a big trade at the deadline to address their goaltending and defensive core by adding Joonas Korpisalo and Vladislav Gavrikov.

Both Korpisalo and Gavrikov are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1st and while the Kings would like to retain their services for next season and beyond, their salary cap situation may prevent that.

According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, one name the Kings could move this summer to shed salary is Swedish forward Viktor Arvidsson.

Arvidsson, 30, was one of Los Angeles' most productive players this past season, putting up 59 points in 77 regular season games and following that up with seven points in six Stanley Cup Playoff games against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Kings more than likely don't want to move on from Arvidsson due to how much he contributes, but his salary is more than moveable at $4.25 million AAV, which is very fair for his production. Arvidsson's contract also doesn't have any no-trade or no-movement clauses, which makes it a lot easier to trade him.

When taking into account his salary and production, the Kings should get a fairly decent return for the Skelleftea native, which will make it an even more intriguing option for General Manager Rob Blake this summer.

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Elliotte Friedman says Kings could move top-six forward to shed salary

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