After spending a sizable amount to acquire him, the Kings are now trying to re-up with Andrej Sekera.
Sekera, acquired from Carolina in a deadline deal — a first-round pick and prospect Roland McKeown went to the ‘Canes — has held “very preliminary discussions” with Los Angeles about a new contract, per LA Kings Insider.
The 28-year-old, in the last of a deal that pays $2.75 million annually, will likely be in line for a raise following a career-high 44 points last year, and a relatively good showing with the Kings this year, despite injury limiting him to just 16 regular-season games.
Of course, it’s unclear how much of a raise the Kings can afford to give.
While NHL commissioner Gary Bettman recently projected a $71.5 million salary cap for next season, there are no guarantees it’ll rise and L.A. already has just over $64 million committed to 17 players… with new deals still needed for RFAs Tyler Toffoli and Martin Jones, and UFAs Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll (the latter’s situation is complex due to a recent drug possession arrest in Las Vegas.)
Despite this, Sekera should still be a priority. With Robyn Regehr done and Slava Voynov’s future still in doubt, the Kings need depth and experience on the back end.
Canada won’t be lacking for offensive weapons at this year’s World Hockey Championships.
Two of the league’s top-12 scorers — Dallas’ Tyler Seguin and Philly’s Claude Giroux — will wear the red and white in Prague from May 1-17, Hockey Canada announced on Tuesday. Seguin and Giroux were part of the original 19-man roster set for the tournament; Canada can register up to 25 players as teams are eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The rest of the Canadian roster looks like this…
Goalies: Martin Jones, Mike Smith
Defense: Tyson Barrie, Brent Burns, Aaron Ekblad, Jake Muzzin, David Savard
Forwards: Seguin, Giroux, Matt Duchene, Cody Eakin, Jordan Eberle, Tyler Ennis, Taylor Hall, Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan O’Reilly, Jason Spezza, Tyler Toffoli.
Team Canada will be coached by Todd McLellan.
The Los Angeles Kings locked up one of their prized youngsters on Thursday, agreeing to terms with rookie forward Tanner Pearson on a two-year deal.
Per Sportsnet, the contract is worth $2.8 million for an average annual cap hit of $1.4M, which is nearly double what Pearson made on his entry-level deal.
All told, it’s a pretty good arrangement for both the club and player. Pearson, 22, was L.A.’s first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and rose to prominence during last year’s Cup run on “That 70s Line” with Jeff Carter and fellow youngster Tyler Toffoli.
This year, Pearson got off to a great start — he was October’s rookie of the month — and racked up 12 goals in 42 games before suffering a broken ankle in early January. (He’s currently out of the lineup and isn’t expected back until the playoffs… if the Kings make it.)
With Pearson now signed, Kings GM Dean Lombardi will turn his attention to Toffoli and the club’s other pending RFAs: Nick Shore, Andy Andreoff and goalie Martin Jones.