Milan Lucic donned a new jersey Saturday, as he met with the media in L.A.
The Kings acquired Lucic from the Boston Bruins at the NHL Draft late last month. The 27-year-old power forward, coming off an 18-goal season in Boston, is entering the final year of a three-year, $18 million contract, which comes with an annual cap hit of $6 million.
A pending UFA at the end of the 2015-16 season, his contract status and the possibility of an extension was a talking point Saturday, although Lucic maintained his focus was on playing well for the Kings, a team that won the Stanley Cup a year ago but didn’t make the playoffs in 2014-15.
“You don’t want to put the emphasis on that heading into the season,” said Lucic, according to LA Kings Insider.
“You want to put the emphasis on playing well and the team winning, and like I said, that usually takes care of itself if you’re focused on the right things.”
It appears forward Chris Stewart could be on the move once again.
According to multiple reports, Stewart, the unrestricted free agent winger, is nearing an agreement with the Anaheim Ducks on a one-year contract.
Stewart started last season with the Buffalo Sabres but was moved at the trade deadline to the Minnesota Wild for that club’s playoff run. He scored three goals and 11 points in 20 games with the Wild in the regular season but had just two assists in eight playoff games.
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The Minnesota Wild announced via Twitter that they have re-signed 24-year-old defenseman Christian Folin to a two-year contract.
According to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, it’s a one-way contract with an annual cap hit of $725,000 per season.
From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
Most interesting is it’s a full one-way contract. That currently gives the Wild eight defensemen if Mike Reilly makes the team (Ryan Suter, Jonas Brodin, Marco Scandella, Jared Spurgeon, Reilly, Matt Dumba, Nate Prosser and Folin).
I use the word “interesting” because if the Wild keeps eight defensemen and Niklas Backstrom remains on the roster once the season starts as a third goaltender, the Wild could only keep 12 forwards (no extras).
In 40 regular season games with the Wild last season, the former university hockey standout scored twice and recorded 10 points. Minnesota signed Folin as a college free agent in March, 2014.