May 10, 2017
The Kings have signed Tanner Pearson to a 4-year contract extension worth $15 million. Pearson would have been a restricted free agent on July 1st.
The 24-year-old left wing scored 24 goals and 44 points in 80 games for the Kings last season. In the past two years, he’s scored 39 goals for the Kings, and been one of the most reliable offensive players.
“We were able to come to a good deal, and we were both pretty happy about it,” Pearson said. “There’s obviously a bit of negotiating that had to be done. Other than that, it went pretty smoothly and I’m happy with staying in L.A.”
With a salary cap hit of $3.75 million, Pearson’s new contract should help the Kings manage their difficult salary cap situation a little better.
LA also traded the rights to goaltender Ben Bishop to the Dallas Start for a 4th round pick in 2017. The pick originally belonged to the Montreal Canadians.
Dallas has until July 1 to reach an agreement with Bishop, before he’ll be able to negotiate with all 30 other teams as a free agent.
The Kings will now look to re-sign forward Tyler Toffoli, who is also scheduled to be a restricted free agent on July 1st. Toffoli scored 16 goals last year in an injury-shortened season. He’s scored a total of 47 goals in the past two seasons.