Iafallo agreed to a two-year, $4.85 million contract extension with the Kings on Wednesday, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports. It appeared as though Iafallo and the Kings were headed to arbitration, but the two sides were ultimately able to work out a fair deal before the hearing. The 25-year-old appeared in all 82 of his squad's games during the 2018-2019 campaign and is expected to play a key role for Los Angeles in the future.
Iafallo filed for arbitration Friday. Iafallo played all 82 games in 2018-19, scoring 15 goals and finishing with 33 points in his second full NHL campaign. The 25-year-old averaged 1:38 of power-play time with the Kings a year ago and appears to be part of the team's future. Expect the two parties to iron out a deal before the arbitration hearing.
Iafallo was given a qualifying offer by the Kings on Sunday, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports. The 25-year-old will receive a base salary of $832,500 if he signs the offer. Iafallo saw an uptick in points in his second full year in the league last season, potting 15 goals and 33 points in 82 games. The move is likely precautionary in order to avoid losing the winger in free agency while the two sides work out a more permanent deal.
Iafallo dished a pair of helpers in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Sharks. Iafallo hadn't etched his name on a scoresheet since Feb. 26, but he, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown each contributed a pair of points in the comeback win. The second-year winger is up to a career-high 30 points in 73 games, and his 16 assists match his mark from last season. He's in a position to succeed, skating mostly on the top line this season, although the Kings' 30th-ranked offense (2.36 goals per game) has limited that favorable deployment.
Iafallo scored his 13th goal of the season on four shots in a 3-2 loss to the Capitals on Monday. Iafallo has goals in consecutive games. He also delivered two hits in the contest. Iafallo averages just under two shots a game and has recorded five of his 26 points on the power play, making him worth a look in deeper formats.
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