The big lovable left wing, Dwight King aka “Kong” has agreed to a two-year extension with the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. He was a restricted free agent. The former fourth round pick is a young 23 years old (July 5) and was a hero of sorts in the playoffs with five unexpected goals. The contract is a modest $750,000.00 per season – good value especially if King’s game continues to improve as he gains more NHL experience.
The King signing means the following for your Stanley Cup Champions.
1. Every member of the Cup winning team is now under contract.
2. The bottom six cup runneth over with Stoll, Lewis, King, Nolan, Fraser, Richardson, Clifford and, oh yeah, a certain top six left wing named Simon Gagne. How are Toffoli, Vey, Loktionov, Kozun, etc. going to crack that lineup? Some have speculated a package trade is coming of perhaps Brad Richardson, Jonathan Bernier and others for…you fill in the blank.
3. A well coached, healthy and fully armed Championship Los Angeles Kings team will enter the 2012-2013 season to keep its crown…that is assuming we have a season and, if it starts late, you can add well rested to that list.
Happy Dwight King signed? Me too. It’s good to be a King on the Kings.