Rumor Roundup: Lucic’s time with Kings could be short as Kopitar deal looms

By Lyle Richardson

The Los Angeles Kings are going to need to find salary cap space this off-season to retain star Anze Kopitar, and one cap casualty could be recently acquired Milan Lucic. Lucic will seek a raise as an unrestricted free agent next season and the Kings likely won’t be able to afford it. Meanwhile, current free agent Cody Franson might be wise to consider the Sabres’ reported two-year deal. More

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