While other teams were announcing trades on the first day of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they were bringing back a pair of pieces from their Stanley Cup Champion squad.
With very few expiring contracts to worry about, the Kings were able to take care of two of them this weekend, bringing back both Jarret Stoll and Colin Fraser on new contracts.
Neither guy is exactly an impact player, but they’re both solid role players and were important pieces during the Kings’ run to the Stanley Cup. Stoll scored the game winning goal to send the Kings to the second round, ousting the Vancouver Canucks.
It’s a bit surprising to not see Stoll test the open market, as there likely would have been a few teams looking to add a center like him. His deal is for three years and $3.25 million, meaning he’s taking a pay cut to stick around.
Fraser was a pleasant surprise during the Cup run and led a fourth line that was a headache for the New Jersey Devils, with a ruthless forecheck. That led to him seeing some increased minutes and winning his second Stanley Cup, though he didn’t contribute as much with the Chicago Blackhawks when winning it with them in 2010.
Fraser had a goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals and had two points during the run. He’s a nice role player to keep around, especially on his two-year deal, worth $825k per season.
With Stoll and Fraser locked up, the only unrestricted free agent for the Kings remains Dustin Penner. It remains to be seen if they’ll be able to afford him, but he did say he’d take a pay cut to return to LA. And don’t forget about the Kings’ intention to sign Jonathan Quick to the long term.