Kings re-sign Trevor Lewis to one-year deal, fill up cap space

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Trevor Lewis had nine points in 20 games during LA's Cup run in 2012. (USATSI)
Trevor Lewis had nine points in 20 games during LA's Cup run in 2012. (USATSI)

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It has been a good couple of days for Kings forward Trevor Lewis. First he was named to the USA Olympic camp roster on Monday and then on Tuesday he came to an agreement with the Kings on a new deal to avoid arbitration.

According to Darren Dreger, Lewis has himself a new one-year contract with Los Angeles for $1.325 million. It's not a big deal in terms of money, obviously, Lewis isn't much of an offensive player and the value shows. He has become a pretty effective third-line player for the Kings and did pick up his offense this past season with five goals and nine assists.

What's more interesting about this deal, however, is what it does to the Kings' cap space. The answer is that it eats it all up.

The Kings now only have a couple hundred thousand dollars worth of space under next season's cap and still have restricted free agent Kyle Clifford. Where the 22-year-old can fit at this point is a big question mark and makes you wonder a bit why the Kings felt the need to re-sign all of their defensemen; they have nine on the roster at the moment.

Lewis was drafted 17th overall by the Kings in 2006.

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