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Slava Voynov, Kings agree on six-year extension for $25 million

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Slava Voynov had a breakout campaign for Los Angeles this season. (USATSI)
Slava Voynov had a breakout campaign for Los Angeles this season. (USATSI)

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Among the many items on the Kings' agenda this summer was re-signing restricted free-agent defenseman Slava Voynov to a new contract. Consider it done.

The Kings announced on Tuesday that they have reaced an agreement with Voynov on a six-year contract. LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen reported the deal is for $25 million. Lisa Dillman of the LA Times reported the same details.

A quick calculation shows the contract is worth $4.167 million on a salary-cap hit, which seems like a pretty great deal for both the Kings and Voynov.

There is no denying that Voynov has a tremendous amount of upside. Despite playing on the blue line, he was one of their most consistent scorers in the playoffs. He was tied with Jeff Carter in both goals (six) and points (13) for the team lead for the Kings. His goals always seemed to come at the right time, too, as four of them were game-winners. It followed a regular season in which he had six goals and 19 assists.

Voynov, just 23, has only been with the Kings for a season-and-a-half but has already established himself as a future fixture for the Kings and getting him under contract was important. As was getting it done quickly. Outside of Roman Josi signing a seven-year, $28-million contract earlier this offseason -- yup, Voynov's deal still looks very nice -- there hasn't been a real market set on the going rate for RFA defensemen, so the Kings were able to set a price they wanted with a little more ease.

Voynov was a second-round pick (No. 32 overall) by the Kings in the 2008 draft. He is just one reason why the blue line in LA looks set for a long time to come with Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin -- who is also a RFA this summer.

The Kings have plenty of other things they have to figure out this summer, but re-signing Voynov is a great place to start.

 
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