Talented forwards Taylor Leier, Oskar Lindblom and Michael Vecchione are also vying for spots on the opening-night roster and the Flyers D-corps will likely feature four players age 24 and under.
Shayne Gostisbehere, who signed a six-year, $27 million extension, has the highest profile of the young defensemen. Behind him is 20-year-old Ivan Provorov, who is coming off a rock-solid 30-point rookie season.
Robert Hagg, 22, and Travis Sanheim, 21, are also set to join the back end full-time, while Samuel Morin is close to making the jump from the AHL.
The clock is ticking for Iginla, a future Hall of Famer and one of hockey’s all-around nice guys, to win his first Cup. First the 39-year-old will have to find a way to get the Kings into the playoffs as they were one point out of a wild card spot Wednesday. It’s clear GM Dean Lombardi believes the Kings’ best hockey lies ahead a la 2012 when they sneaked into the playoffs as a No. 8 seed and won a championship. Los Angeles made its big splash Sunday, acquiring goalie Ben Bishop from Tampa Bay as insurance to get there.
Vanek led the Red Wings in goals (15) and was one of the more coveted rental players on the market. He can settle in nicely on the Panthers’ third line alongside Jonathan Marchessault and Nick Bjugstad as one of the NHL’s hottest teams makes a playoff push. Florida is Vanek’s sixth different team since the start of the 2013-14 season.
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