It has been an active summer for the Los Angeles Kings following their 2021-22 season. Following the team's playoff run, the Kings immediately started making headlines. With announcements ranging from player retirements to high-profile acquisitions, Los Angeles looks ready to build off of last season's success.

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Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) stands on the ice before the team's NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Brown Retires

After 18 seasons in a Los Angeles Kings sweater, Dustin Brown announced his retirement from the NHL. During his tenure, he was the captain of two Stanley cup winning teams, became the Kings all-time games played leader and forged a legacy in Los Angeles. Dustin Brown brought a unique mixture of grit, skill and leadership to the Kings’ lineup.

However, Brown will never be fully gone as the Kings plan to honor the former captain in grand fashion. On February 11, 2023, the Kings will retire Brown’s number 23 and unveil a statue of him in front of Crypto.com Arena. This will act as a reminder to Kings fans of past, present and future of how important Brown is to the franchise.

Welcome to LA, Kevin Fiala

The Kings started the offseason off in style by acquiring Kevin Fiala via trade from the Minnesota Wild and then promptly signing him to a seven-year extension. This deal carries an average annual value (AAV) of $7,875,000.  Before being acquired by Los Angeles, Fiala set career highs in goals, assists and points.

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May 26, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Kevin Fiala (22) celebrates his goal against Vegas Golden Knights in the third period in game six of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Byfield Ready for a Healthy Start

Last season was not the ideal start for Quinton Byfield. The second-overall draft pick from 2020 was primed to make the opening night roster, but an unfortunate ankle injury during a pre-season game delayed the start of his season. From there, he was forced to adapt as he joined the team halfway through the season.

Joining a team in the middle of a season is no easy feat. By then, most of the players are used to the established pace that comes at the NHL level. Jumping straight into this fast-paced flow of play takes some time to get used to. Byfield was able to register 5 goals and 10 points in his 40 games with the Kings, but starting the season on time with his added experience should see the young player take the next step in his development.

Keeping the Core Intact

Wanting to continue their momentum from their playoff run, the Kings’ front office had a busy offseason ahead of them. Fortunately for fans, Los Angeles was able to keep a large portion of its core together for years to come. The team re-signed eight players which allows for chemistry to remain high going into the 2022-23 season.

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Los Angeles Kings center Adrian Kempe (9) is surrounded by teammates in celebration after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, April 10, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

The highlight of the re-signing comes in the form of Adrian Kempe’s 4-year, $22 million extension. He is coming off a career-best season where the Swedish forwards scored 35 goals and tallied 54 points. Kempe is vital to the Kings’ offense and being able to keep him in Los Angeles for another four years is vital to the team’s continued success.

Doughty Eyeing a Return

In a game on March 7, 2022, Drew Doughty suffered a season-ending wrist injury that required the superstar defenseman to undergo surgery. This was a devasting blow to the Kings’ roster, but the team was able to advance to the playoffs. However, Doughty's absence was felt following the team’s first-round exit.

Things are starting to look up as Doughty is reportedly eyeing a training camp return. This return is great news for the Kings as his offensive abilities were missed towards the end of the 2021-22 season. With the Pacific Division becoming more competitive each year, Los Angeles will be pleased that their top defenseman should be starting the season with the team.

With the season approaching quickly, Kings fans have a reason to be excited entering the 2022-23 season. The team was able to improve itself while still keeping team chemistry high. With the roster expected to be back to full strength by opening night, the Kings find themselves in a position to put the Pacific Division on notice right from the first drop of the puck. Tune into the LA Kings Live tonight to catch their off-season reports following the conclusion of the Angles Live.