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Kings, Nolan avoid arbitration with two-year, $1.4 million deal

Jul 19, 2013, 12:10 PM EST

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 14: Jordan Nolan #71 of the Los Angeles Kings waves to fans during the Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Victory Parade on June 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Los Angeles Kings and Jordan Nolan won’t be going to arbitration after all.

On Friday, the club announced it had re-upped with Nolan on a two-year, $1.4 million deal, one that carries an average annual cap hit of $700,000.

The deal represents a slight pay bump for the 24-year-old, who was making $531,666 on his last deal and had a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for Aug. 1.

Nolan, who broke onto the scene in L.A. during the 2011-12 season, appeared in a career-high 44 games last season while notching six points, averaging 8:28 TOI per game.

He was in and out of the Kings’ lineup during the postseason, playing in seven of 18 games (three vs. St. Louis, three vs. San Jose and one vs. Chicago.)

Nolan is one of Los Angeles’ most active tough guys — he fought a team-high six times in ’13 — and his re-signing, along with the midweek acquisition of Dan Carcillo, could prove interesting for Kyle Clifford.

Clifford, another rugged forward, is currently a RFA but doesn’t have arbitration rights.

The Kings are fairly tight up against the cap and may considering moving him, considering Clifford will probably be looking for a raise on the $870,000 he made last season.

  1. pirovash88 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    This guy did absolutely nothing for us last season.. Because of this bs move we’re gonna lost Clifford.

  2. tronn25 - Jul 19, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    I completely agree. This guys is a complete waste of a roster spot. To bad the “Most Improved Player Award” can only be given out at the pee-wee level.

    They should grind him up and feed him to Voynov. Now that guy is a BEAST!

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