EL SEGUNDO, CA — On September 15, the Los Angeles Kings signed restricted free agent centers Jarret Stoll and Brad Richardson to new contracts.
Stoll was signed to a four-year deal and Richardson was inked to a two-year contract.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but Stoll’s deal is reported to be worth $14.4 million, while Richardson is slated to earn $575,000 in 2008-09 and $600,000 in 2009-10.
In 22 regular season games last season with the Avalanche, Richardson scored two goals and added three assists for five points with eight penalty minutes. In 38 regular season games with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, Colorado’s primary minor league affiliate, Richardson scored 14 goals with 26 assists for 40 points, ranking him fourth in overall scoring on the team.
The 5-11, 185-pound native of Belleville, Ontario suffered a wrist injury that kept him out of the lineup for a good portion of the 2007-08 season.
In 2006-07, Richardson scored 14 goals and added 22 assists in 73 games with the Avalanche, all career highs. In 2005-06, Richardson scored three goals and tallied ten assists for thirteen points in 41 regular season games.
In 136 regular season games NHL games, all with the Avalanche, Richardson has scored 19 goals with 21 assists for 40 points with 48 penalty minutes. He was selected by Colorado in the fifth round (163rd overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Frozen Royalty reported on September 7 that the Kings and Stoll had agreed in principle on the length and total value of the contract (see Los Angeles Kings: Confident That Restricted Free Agents Will Be Signed Soon). The delay in getting Stoll signed was in determining how much he would be paid in each year of the deal, as the Kings wanted to front-load the contract so that it will pay more earlier in the contract when they have more money in their budget and less in the later years of the contract when they are expected to have less flexibility.
Stoll, 26 came to the Kings, along with defenseman Matt Greene, in exchange for defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, from the Edmonton Oilers on June 29.
In 81 regular season games last season, Stoll scored 14 goals and added 22 assist for 36 points with 74 penalty minutes one season after suffering a concussion that forced him to miss 30 games.
In the 2006-07 season, Stoll scored thirteen goals and tallied 26 assists for 39 points in 51 regular season games. He also contributed four goals with six assists for ten points with 24 penalty minutes in 24 playoff games when Edmonton advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals.
During his rookie season in 2005-06, the 6-1, 210-pound native of Melville, Saskatchewan scored 22 goals and contributed 46 assists for 68 points in 82 regular season games.
In 286 regular season games, all with the Oilers, Stoll has scored 59 goals with 106 assists for 165 points and 238 penalty minutes.
Stoll was originally selected in the second round (46th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. He re-entered the draft in 2002 and was selected by the Oilers in the second round, 36th overall).
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