Teams are busy drafting and trading during the first round of the NHL Draft, but the Los Angeles Kings were taking care of their own.
Sportsnet’s Daren Millard reports the Kings re-signed center Jarret Stoll to a three-year $9.275 million deal, a cap hit that works out to just over $3 million per season. Stoll’s cap hit the previous four seasons was $3.6 million so the Kings are getting a slight break there.
Stoll flourished as the Kings’ third line center this past season slotting in behind Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards. Stoll’s effectiveness in winning faceoffs and being a general pest to opposing teams worked out pretty well for the Kings in winning the Stanley Cup.
Stoll scored just six goals and added 15 assists this past season in his new defensive role. Previously he had been good for 15-20 goals per season as L.A.’s second line center. Stoll was set to become a free agent on July 1.
Update (8:51 p.m. ET): The Kings announced they’ve also re-signed Colin Fraser for two years. Fraser was coach Darryl Sutter’s favorite player always making sure to say Fraser’s line wasn’t the fourth line but “Colin Fraser and whoever I skate with him.”
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.