Five questions the Kings must answer this season (part 1)

This might or might not be on-line already, but I’m posting it here, too, with expanded answers.

Did Dean Lombardi do enough in the offseason?

The Kings’ general manager said over and over again that he wanted to keep the roster as intact as possible, and he certainly did that with a series of deft offseason moves. Forwards Matt Frattin and Daniel Carcillo and goalie Ben Scrivens are the only new faces on the opening-night roster. Forward Dustin Penner, defenseman Rob Scuderi and goalie Jonathan Bernier left the club in the summer. But the general rule is if you’re not improving, then you’re getting worse and it could be argued that’s the case with the Kings. Scuderi’s loss might not be evident on the stat sheet, and it might take a while to notice his absence. But rest assured, at some point, at some critical moment, the Kings will wish they were able to re-sign him and he didn’t bolt for friendly surroundings in Pittsburgh. Losing Penner via free agency was no big deal, but it also remains to be seen if trading Bernier was the right move. Sure, it was good for his career to move to Toronto. But if Quick is hurt or falters, the Kings will hand the backup job to the relatively untested Scrivens.

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