The Los Angeles Kings crossed another arbitration worry off their list on Sunday, signing defenseman Alec Martinez to a two-year deal worth $2.2 million, according to TSN.
Martinez, 25, receives $100K more per year than fellow young blueliner Jake Muzzin, who received an arbitration-avoiding contract on Friday.
The Kings appear to have a crowded blueline going into 2013-14, even if Willie Mitchell stays on the long-term injured reserve.
Assuming Mitchell is out of the mix, the top four group is pretty much settled at Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov, Matt Greene and Robyn Regehr. Muzzin, Martinez, Keaton Ellerby and Jeff Schultz could very well battle for the bottom two spots many nights, although it wouldn’t be shocking if one or more of them end up on the trading block.
Martinez played in 27 regular season games and seven postseason contests for the Kings, going in and out of the lineup. He did average a career-high 16:01 minutes per night in the regular season, however.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely.
The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says the club offers “heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”
Pyett signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being at the Flyers’ training camp. He was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.
Last night, we passed along news that veteran d-man James Wisniewski — acquired from Carolina at the draft — suffered what looked to be a serious injury just 47 seconds into his ‘Canes debut, and was ruled out for the remainder of the night.
Now, he’s been ruled out for a lot longer than that.
From the club:
Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that defenseman James Wisniewski will undergo surgery on his left knee after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Thursday night’s game in Nashville.
Recovery time for the injury is estimated at six months.
This is, obviously, a tough development for both player and club. The ‘Canes were counting on Wisniewski to be a regular contributor on defense this year, and help improve last year’s middle-of-the-pack power play.
Wisniewski, meanwhile, was looking to bounce back from a disappointing ’14-15 campaign. He was shipped out of Columbus at the deadline to Anaheim but never made an impact for the Ducks, failing to see any playoff action as Anaheim made it all the way to the Western Conference final.