The LA Kings have officially extended forwards Carl Grundstrom and Lias Andersson.
On the day that qualifying offers are due, the LA Kings get some tidy work done to ease up on the QO process. Signing both of the Swedes puts the Kings at 39/50 contracts signed and leaves them with roughly $4,438,333 in cap space.
Carl Grundstrom has signed a two-year contract with an AAV of $1.3 million with a total value of $2.6 million. Grundstrom had nine goals and 15 points in 54 regular season games last season, and exploded in the playoffs for four points in six games.
Grundstrom, 24, has emerged as the grinder-physical type of bottom six player and is expected to play full-time with the LA Kings next season.
Lias Andersson, 23, was a former top ten pick with the New York Rangers. He was later traded to the LA Kings for a second round pick and has been with the team ever since.
Playing a majority of the season as an extra forward, Andersson tallied two points in 20 games at the NHL level and six goals and six points in only four games AHL games this past season. Andersson’s highly regarded AHL performance made fans think that he still has a lot of room to grow, and it might have even convinced the LA Kings to bring him back.
Lias Andersson has agreed to a one year deal which will carry an AAV of $750,000 (league minimum) he is expected to play an extra forward role with the LA Kings in the 2022-23 NHL season.
With free agency looming, the LA Kings get some quick work done for the depths of their team.