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Kings, Lewis avoid arbitration with one-year, $1.325 million deal

Jul 23, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

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It’s early, but this has already been quite the week for Trevor Lewis.

Fresh off his surprise invite to Team USA’s Olympic orientation camp, Lewis avoided salary arbitration on Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year, $1.325 million deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

Lewis, 26, had a solid 2013 campaign for the Kings, posting a career-high in points (14) despite the lockout-shortened season. He averaged over 15 minutes per night and appeared in all 18 of Los Angeles’ playoff games, one year after scoring nine points in 20 postseason contests during the 2012 Stanley Cup championship run.

The Kings’ first-round pick (17th overall) in 2006, Lewis has emerged as a key part of the club’s bottom-six forward group — and his deal could spell the end of Kyle Clifford‘s time in Los Angeles.

Clifford, 22 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 he’ll probably be looking for a raise on the $870,000 he made last season after matching Lewis’ output (14 points in 48 games).

  1. pirovash88 - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Well, there go our chances of getting Clifford back. Can’t complain too much though, Lewis is a great player. Should’ve gotten rid of Nolan and used that money towards getting Clifford back for at least 1 more year, shame..

    • kingsfan93 - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      I couldn’t agree with you more. I think Nolan and even D. King are useless. Clifford I love to have back. Lewis on a one year makes me think that, Lewis wanted more money, but D. Lombardi said no we instead give you a one year deal at $1.3M for now, and then we will see.

  2. blomfeld - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Person A: excuse me, but do you know who won the last SC based on a full 82 game schedule ?

    Person B: of course ! … why that would be none other than the glorious Kings of Los Angeles !

    This message is intended for fans of the reigning Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings only !


    Keeping Lewis is a smart move for our cause and I’m actually glad we’re keeping Nolan too … and maybe just maybe there’s a way to keep Clifford as well ? … perhaps not, but if anyone can do it, then that would be our man Lombardi ! :) Anyway, despite it being golf season right now and the struggles which I’m currently having with my own game (ie: green side chipping), I now simply can’t wait for the 2013-14 to commence ! With all kidding aside, the last time they played a full 82 x game schedule, we LA Kings smashed absolutely ‘everyone’ with conviction and aplomb ! Of course the Hawk’s did prevail in last year’s ‘shortened’ 48 x game campaign, however their very own fans will tell you that it was an ‘unsatisfying’ victory in the end, one which they were obliged to attach an asterisk to. But no such problem for us Kings eh ! We won the Stanley Cup ‘fair and square’ in 2012 without compromise and without any asterisks ! And as God is my witness, were going to do that all over again in 2014 ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

  3. jacketsfan7 - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    I’ve always called Lewis mr clutch , he may not be a great goal scorer , he’s a great two-way player , excellent on the forecheck , great backchecking , fantastic defensively , and scores at big-times

  4. namriverrat69 - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    I like Clifford’s fearlessness. At 22, he still needs to develop his game a lot more but his upside is worth spending a couple of bucks for going over the cap limit. The owners have deep enough pockets to keep him.

    Spend the money.

  5. aldog83 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Glad Lewis back.

    Good LA King.

    But we need the Big Red Dog back!

    Sign Clifford!

    Tell Nolan his contract was a mistake or FAX error!

    Pay Chicago 250K with an apology note to take Carcillo back!

    Clifford scored 3 goals in 6 playoff games against SJ 3 yrs ago
    When Kopitar was out.

    Two young to give up on and he is as phy

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