The Los Angeles Kings have struck a three-year deal with restricted free agent forward Dwight King. According to Jon Rosen of Kings Insider, the deal is worth $5.85 million for an annual average of $1.95 million. The deal allows the two sides to avoid their scheduled arbitration hearing on Friday.
King was coming off his second contract with the club, which paid him an annual average of $750,000 over the last two seasons. King's new deal will put the Kings right up against the cap according to CapGeek.com, but they're still about $200,000 clear with the NHL roster essentially set.
The 25-year-old and aptly named forward has played parts of four seasons with the Kings. He had a career year in 2013-14 with 30 points in 77 games including 15 goals. King was also part of both Stanley Cup runs in 2012 and 2014. For Los Angeles' first Stanley Cup, King had eight points in 20 postseason games, while he put up 11 points in 26 games en route to the second Cup title.
The big forward is one of the guys that affords the Kings such great depth up front. At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, King is one of the most imposing forwards on the squad, but he has proven to have some offensive pop as well. The Saskatchewan native averaged just more than 15 minutes a game for the Kings last season and was part of the club's penalty killing unit.
He has 54 points in 157 career regular-season games in the NHL. During his career in the playoffs, King has put up 24 points in 64 postseason tilts.
The Kings have suffered minimal losses from their Stanley Cup squads. King was the last of the restricted free agents Los Angeles needed to get under contract ahead of next season. With a reasonable extension for King, the Kings may still be forced to shuffle the lineup a bit to stay cap compliant depending on how the season goes, but King is a valuable player who helps Los Angeles maintain one of the deepest forward groups in the league.