The Kings likely completed their 2014-15 roster puzzle when they signed restricted free agent Dwight King to a three-year, $5.85-million contract on Wednesday.
King, 25, had been set for a Friday arbitration hearing, through which he could only have received a one- or two-year contract. The big-bodied, third-line winger has totaled 24 goals and 30 assists in 157 NHL games, all with the Kings since 2010.
The Kings will now be able to return almost every player from last season’s Stanley Cup championship roster. Among regulars, only veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell moved on this summer, when he signed a two-year contract with Florida.
With training camp set to open in six weeks, the Kings have committed approximately $68.8 million to the 22 players expected to be on the Oct. 8 opening-night roster. The NHL has set a $69-million salary-cap ceiling for the 2014-15 season.
King, a fourth-round draft pick in 2007, is credited with giving the Kings a boost of youthful energy when they called him up from the AHL in Feb. 2012. Four months later, they won the Stanley Cup.
In the following two seasons, King proved to be a dependable two-way player. Last season, he played 77 games, with 15 goals, 15 assists and a plus-16 rating, and with only 18 penalty minutes.