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The LA Kings are searching for a new starting goalie. Here's why they'll be active in the trade market this offseason.

The LA Kings’ disappointing first-round playoff exit leaves a lot to be answered this summer. Most pressing among their needs? Finding a new number one goaltender.

The Kings went into the 2023-24 season with a hodgepodge of netminders, but none proved capable of handling the starting load. While the team was interested in acquiring Linus Ullmark from the Bruins at the trade deadline, Ullmark used his no-trade clause to block the deal.

Now, the Kings will have to look elsewhere, as their current goaltender crop of Cam Talbot, David Rittich, and Pheonix Copley are all scheduled for unrestricted free agency.

3 Reasons Why the LA Kings Need a New Goalie

1. Past performance doesn’t guarantee future results

While the Kings had a solid regular season, none of their goaltenders inspired true confidence. Even Rittich, with the best stats of the bunch, has a journeyman’s history. He’s unlikely to suddenly become an elite starter at age 31.

2. The West is getting stronger

The Kings face fierce competition in the Western Conference. The Oilers, Golden Knights, Avalanche, Stars, and Canucks are all looking solid. To compete for a Stanley Cup, the Kings need a goalie who matches the caliber of those other teams.

3. The trade market could be ripe

Several intriguing goalies could be available this summer. Calgary’s Jacob Markstrom might be on the move as the Flames retool, and Nashville’s Juuse Saros could also be a target. While getting either one would be a challenge, Kings GM Rob Blake has to be aggressive.

Blake might look to retain Rittich as a cost-effective backup option, but a true starter needs to be in the cards this offseason.

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