Moulson would fit in LA


Matt Moulson was the King who got away. Once the Penguins, who drafted Moulson in the ninth round in 2003, declined to sign the Cornell standout, Los Angeles made him an offer. Moulson spent his seasons in the organization mostly in Manchester, the Kings’ AHL team. Instead of re-signing Moulson, the Kings let him walk.

It was not a smart move. Upon signing with the Islanders, Moulson delivered three straight 30-goal seasons. Now, with the Kings scoring just 2.25 goals per game, second-fewest in the NHL, a reunion would benefit both parties. Buffalo will seek at least a first-round pick for Moulson. It’s an expensive but prudent move. The Kings would upgrade their second line by giving Mike Richards a scoring wing. That would give LA a stronger 1-2 punch: Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, followed by Richards and Moulson. The Kings could then drop Justin Williams or Dustin Brown to the No. 3 line. Moulson doesn’t play LA’s grinding, heavy game, but he can score. The Kings need that in bunches.