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Sport Kings sign Phillip Danault to 6-year. $33 million contract; also sign Edler
Kings have Nerlens Noel ‘on their free agency radar’ in case Richaun Holmes leaves
It sounds like Nerlens Noel is the Kings’ Plan B if Richaun Holmes walks in free agency.If the Kings’ financial complications or other factors like competitiveness do get in the way of Holmes stay in the Sacramento, Monte McNair already has a replacement in mind, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype:
It seemed obvious that the Los Angeles Kings wanted to make some big moves this offseason in an effort to jumpstart their rebuild. They made a significant move on Wednesday by signing free agent centerto a six-year, $33 million contract.
That comes out to a salary cap hit of $5.5 million per season.
Along with Danault, the Kings also signed former long-time Vancouver Canucks defensemanto a one-year deal.
Let us focus on Danault here because he is the by far the more impactful signing. He was one of the more sought after players on the open market this summer given his outstanding two-way play at center, and signing him was always going to be expensive.
NHL Draft picks tracker 2021: Complete list of selections for Rounds 1-7
Sporting News is tracking all 223 picks (of 224 slots) in the 2021 NHL Draft. Here are the complete results.The 2021 NHL Draft kicks off on Friday with the first 31 of 223 selections being announced. (Note: There are technically 224 slots but the Coyotes had to forfeit their first-round pick , although they did get one back.) Questions abound about who will go No. 1, how high the top goalies will go and just how many current NHLers will be switching teams when the dust settles on Saturday.
Over the past four years in Montreal he has become one of the league’s elite defensive, shut down centers while also having enough offensive ability to chip in around 50 points. That combination is pretty rare and makes him an extremely valuable player. He was always going to get a significant contract in free agency, it was just a matter of where it was going to be.
Now we know it is the Kings.
He will almost certainly slow into the second-line center spot behind, giving the Kings a pair of outstanding two-way centers to roll out every night. Given that Kopitar can still play at an exceptionally high level that should give be a nice foundation to build on on the short-term.
NHL free agency tracker 2021: Full list of signings, best available players
Free agency began July 28 at noon ET. Where will the top unrestricted and restricted free agents go?With the expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken and the NHL Draft in the rearview mirror, the next step on the road to training camps opening in September is free agency.
The Kings’ other big move this offseason was to acquirefrom the Nashville Predators in exchange for a couple of draft picks.
Los Angeles also still has one of the league’s best prospect pools.
Edler does not figure to be much of a difference-maker anymore, but his contract (one year, $3.5 million) carries very little risk and would seem to indicate that the Kings only view him as depth on the blue line and not a major contributor.
Still, the fact they spent big money on Arvidsson and Danault, while bringing back all of their other veterans, indicates that the Kings intend to try and compete for a playoff spot this season. In that division they might actually have a chance.
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NHL offseason power rankings 2021: Devils, Oilers move up while Sabres remain in the basement .
The weather is heating up and so is the NHL offseason. Sporting News looks at the how things are shaping up as the days to the 2021-22 season count down.The free-agent floodgates opened July 28 with a number of big names ripe for the taking. It took a Brinks truck backing up for some teams to entice guys, like blueliner Dougie Hamilton, who hauled in $63 million from the Devils over the next seven years. Other teams were a bit more conservative and focused on re-signing some of their own unrestricted free agents. The biggest name who decided not to change addresses was Alex Ovechkin, who agreed to stick around the U.S. capital for another five years.