The Los Angeles Kings are doing all they can to keep those dynasty talks alive.
On Wednesday, defenseman Jake Muzzin — a key contributor in each of L.A.’s last two playoff runs — was signed to a five-year contract extension, keeping him in L.A. through 2019-20 campaign.
Per TSN’s Darren Dreger, the deal is $20 million over five years, good for a $4 million average annual cap hit and a nice raise for Muzzin, who’s in the last of a two-year deal that pays $1M annually. When the extension kicks in, Muzzin — who was a pending RFA — will become the Kings’ third highest-paid defenseman, trailing only Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov.
The 25-year-old has emerged as a quality producer for the Kings since making his NHL debut four season ago. Muzzin recorded a career-high 24 points last year and was fantastic in the playoffs, scoring six goals and 12 points (leading all L.A. defensemen in tallies). The former OHL Sault Ste. Marie product also averaged 23:24 TOI per game in the postseason, second-most on the team.
With Muzzin locked up, the Kings now have the following players under contract through 2019: Muzzin, Doughty, Voynov, Jonathan Quick, Marian Gaborik, Dustin Brown, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.