The Los Angeles Kings have inked Jamie McBain to a one-year, two-way contract, per LA Kings Insider.
His new contract comes with a $600,000 annual cap hit and he would still earn $300,000 yearly in the minors. He had a one-way deal worth $550,000 in 2013-14.
The 27-year-old defenseman had three goals and nine points in 26 games with the Kings last season. He logged 12:41 minutes per contest, including an average of 1:44 minutes with the man advantage.
How much he’s used next season will likely depend on what happens with Slava Voynov. He took a plea to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse and will spend 90 days in jail and serve three years of probation.
Voynov is still suspended by both the league and the Kings and it remains to be seen when or if those bans will be lifted.
After catching on with Los Angeles in November of last season and scoring nine points in 26 games, veteran d-man Jamie McBain says he’d like to stick with the Kings — but knows the club’s financial situation might keep it from happening.
“[No contract talks], nothing yet,” McBain said of his current status with the club, per Mayor’s Manor. “From the exit meetings – and I’ve already known this, anybody who looks at the paper knows – they have pieces that they have to get in place first. With the salary cap the way it is – even last year, me getting called up, it needed to be for the least amount of money possible – they had to find some money within the salary cap.
“I know they have some pieces they have to figure out first and they have to figure out the salary cap issue.”
The Kings were pressed up against the ceiling for most of last season — a big reason why McBain was brought in (at $550,000) following Slava Voynov’s arrest for domestic assault. The former Sabre and Hurricane performed reasonably well, considering he went the first four weeks of the campaign without a deal, but was a non-factor down the stretch and didn’t play over the final month-and-a-half of the regular season.
One of the guys that supplanted McBain in the lineup last year, trade deadline acquisition Andrej Sekera, is in line for an extension this summer (the two sides have already started preliminary talks), and that’s one of the cap issues McBain alluded to. The Kings also need to hammer out new deals for RFA forward Tyler Toffoli and d-man Brayden McNabb, which might not leave much room for McBain to re-sign.
It’s something the 27-year-old understands.
“It’s one of those things where it all depends on other organizations and the Kings, as far as what teams offer me,” he explained. “It’s tough to say exactly what the future is going to hold.”
The Los Angeles Kings have taken Alec Martinez off injured reserve, activating the 27-year-old defenseman ahead of tomorrow’s home game versus Vancouver.
Martinez has been out since early February with a concussion (or at least “concussion-like symptoms.”)
The Kings now have eight healthy defensemen on the active roster. If Martinez plays tomorrow versus the Canucks, it’s likely that Brayden McNabb would be the one to come out, with Jamie McBain being the other healthy scratch.
Martinez, the unlikely playoff hero, signed a six-year, $24 million contract extension in December.
The Los Angeles Kings will call up defenseman Derek Forbort from AHL Manchester tomorrow, according to Mayor’s Manor.
Forbort was the 15th overall pick in the 2010 draft, but has yet to make his NHL debut. He has two goals and nine assists in 46 games this season for Manchester.
The Kings host the Flames Thursday. It’s not clear if Forbort will play in that game or sit in the press box as a healthy seventh d-man; however, it’s worth pointing out that Alec Martinez remains day-to-day with concussion-like symptoms and veteran Robyn Regehr apparently had to battle through the effects of food poisoning last night in Columbus.
Brayden McNabb and Jamie McBain played limited minutes as a third pair against the Jackets.
For most of the season, Brough and I shrugged off concerns about the slumping L.A. Kings. Don’t worry, we said. They’ll be fine, we said. Defending Stanley Cup champs, we said.
Having won just four games since Christmas, the Kings are in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs and becoming the first reigning champ to miss the subsequent postseason since Carolina in 2007.
What’s more, the club’s terrible cap situation could prevent GM Dean Lombardi from pulling another trade deadline rabbit out of his hat, like in 2012 (with Jeff Carter) and last spring (with Marian Gaborik.)
In related news, Brayden McNabb — seen in the above video making an egregious mistake — will be replaced in the lineup tonight versus Florida by Jamie McBain.