Los Angeles Kings Were Smart to Sign Dwight King to Long-Term Deal
Dwight King came up strong in each of the last three playoffs for the Los Angeles Kings with his unique ability to combine size, physicality and timely scoring. The Kings rewarded King with a three-year extension worth about $1.95 million per season, a solid bump up from the $750,000 he has been making.
King has been a mainstay in the Kings’ lineup since being called up from the minors alongside Jordan Nolan in 2012. The physicality and energy of the two helped turn the Kings’ season around that year as they went from a fringe playoff team to Stanley Cup champions. Having depth forwards like King and Nolan who play Darryl Sutter’s system to a tee is part of what makes the Kings tough to play against night in and night out.
King chipped in a career-high 15 goals this season and really filled in a number of roles for the Kings as he was relied upon like never before. There is a real possibility that King nets 20 goals next season which would be an amazing bargain for under $2 million per season. Having value like that for a salary cap strapped team like the Kings can make all of the difference in the never ending game of hockey economics.
By inking King to a multi-year deal, the Kings also dodged the proverbial bullet in terms of going to arbitration. With the way the Montreal Canadiens and P.K. Subban are playing Russian Roulette with that pending arbitration case, the Kings should be grateful that route has been avoided.
Having the perfect namesake doesn’t hurt the signing, either; you have to love the idea of King playing on the Kings.