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NEEDS: The Kings re­ally could use an­other proven blue­liner to log heavy min­utes. Jonathan Quick and Darcy Kuem­per are ap­proach­ing ca­reer-best sea­sons and would ap­pre­ci­ate the re­in­force­ment.

AVAIL­ABIL­ITY: With an ag­ing ros­ter, L.A. can’t af­ford to part with youth, but draft picks are al­ways fair game.

UFAs: D. Kuem­per (G), T. Mitchell (RW), C. Folin (D)

TRADE BAIT: The Kings in­vested a lot of time and pa­tience in de­vel­op­ing 2010 firstrounder Derek For­bort, and he’s play­ing north of 21 min­utes in his sec­ond NHL sea­son. But if L.A. sees his fu­ture on the third pair, maybe there’s a team with a small blue­line who might over­pay for the tow­er­ing be­he­moth with the ex­pec­ta­tion he’s a top-four rear­guard.

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