LA Kings Phillip Danault

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New LA Kings forward Phillip Danault will have a full no-trade clause through the first three years of his contract.

On the first day of the NHL’s free agency frenzy, the LA Kings were active, adding centerman Phillip Danault into the fold on a six-year deal. The former 26th overall selection in the 2011 NHL Draft is an elite defensive forward, making a formidable one-two punch with former Selke Award-winner Anze Kopitar.

Danault, 28, will make $33M over the course of his tenure in Los Angeles. Per The Fourth Period‘s Dave Pagnotta, the Victoriaville, Quebec, native will reportedly have a full no-trade clause in his first three seasons. In the final three years, Danault will have a 10-team no-trade list.

Danault’s cap hit will be an even $5.5M in each year.

Pagnotta also revealed that defenseman Alex Edler’s $3.5M cap hit is broken down into a $1.9M base salary and a $1.6M signing bonus. The 35-year-old was inked to a one-year contract – including a no-movement clause – after tallying eight assists with the Vancouver Canucks last year.

He’s a year removed from a 33-point (5G, 28A) campaign and will bring a much-needed leadership element along the left side of the LA Kings’ defense.

After re-signing Andreas Athanasiou and adding both Danault and Edler to the mix, the Kings, who once boasted the most cap space in the league, are approximately $4.5M from the $81.5M cap ceiling. Los Angeles will have closer to $2M remaining in cap space after the RFA’s qualifying offers are accepted.

However, approximately $17M in cap space will come off the books following the 2021-22 season via UFA’s, with Cal Petersen among those eyeing a new contract.

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