EL SEGUNDO, CA — On August 2, the Los Angeles Kings signed left wing Kyle Clifford to a two-year contract valued at $2.15 million, with an annual salary cap hit of $1.075 million.
Clifford, 22, scored seven goals and added seven assists for 14 points, with a +1 plus/minus rating and 51 penalty minutes in 48 regular season games last season. He also recorded two assists, a -1 plus/minus rating, and eight penalty minutes in 14 playoff games.
In 205 career NHL regular season games, Clifford has scored 19 goals and contributed 21 assists for 40 points, with a -14 plus/minus rating and 315 penalty minutes.
In 23 playoff games, Clifford has scored three goals and has added four assists for seven points, with a -4 plus/minus rating and 17 penalty minutes.
The 6-2, 209 pound native of Ayr, Ontario was originally selected by the Kings in second round (35th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
The signing puts the Kings approximately $822,000 over the salary cap limit, and they have also exceeded the 23-man roster limit. However, NHL teams can exceed the salary cap until the new season begins in October. As such, a trade, very likely involving defenseman Alec Martinez, and another player, is expected.
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