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Kings re-sign Muzzin for two years

Jul 12, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings have avoided going to arbitration with promising young defenseman Jake Muzzin. The club announced today that a two-year deal has been reached with the 24-year-old.

Per TSN’s Darren Dreger, the contract is worth $2 million ($1 million in each season). Muzzin will be a restricted free agent when the deal expires.

Muzzin had seven goals and nine assists in 45 games this past season. His 16 points were the third most among NHL rookie defensemen, behind only Justin Schultz (27) in Edmonton and Patrick Wiercioch (19) in Ottawa.

A bit of a late-bloomer, Muzzin was originally drafted by the Penguins, 141st overall in 2007. He was signed by the Kings as a free agent in 2010.

  1. surfoside4life - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    muzzin was good during the regular but once the playoffs came around he looked completely lost out there. he needed that experience. i expect him to continue to improve

  2. aldog83 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Doughty Voynov Muzzin

    3 young puck.moving/point producing

    Good Job Lombardi!

    (Some teams have difficulty having one)

  3. ron05342 - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    He has a wicked slap shot. If he can just get it past the defender, he can cause migraines for opponents. That is his biggest challenge.

    Oh, and also not be scared ****less in the playoffs.

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