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Report: Kings agree to two-year deal with Clifford

Aug 2, 2013, 2:15 PM EST

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The Kings are making sure to keep their forward group as loaded up as their defensive corps.

John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor reports the Kings have reached an agreement with left wing Kyle Clifford on a two-year contract. Clifford was a restricted free agent this summer.

After breaking out last season as more of an offensive threat, Clifford’s game rounded out. Adding seven goals and seven assists to his 51 penalty minutes made him one of the more difficult players to go up against. Offense with tough, physical play is hard to find.

Clifford will compete for a spot potentially in the Kings’ top-six forward group of the left wing now that Dustin Penner signed in Anaheim. He’ll go up against the likes of Daniel Carcillo and possibly Tyler Toffoli to do that.

This signing gives Los Angeles 25 NHL contracts on their roster. Any given night means having as many as 23 players up with the big club. GM Dean Lombardi will have some decisions to make on who gets to stay.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    It boggles my mind that Carcillo manages to keep a job, let alone keep battling for a top-6 spot. The guy is a liability. So yeah he protects your marquee players, but he also has no self-control, no off switch. If I was the Kings I’d much rather have Clifford up there. Or Toffoli if they want more skill.

  2. kaptaanamerica - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Clifford is getting better but Carcillo is a proven commodity. With some self control Carcillo would more effective which is why he should be in counselling.

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      What some people think Clifford isn’t getting better? People don’t know what they get in Carcillo? Carcillo shouldn’t be in counselling? What is it yokels?

  3. aldog83 - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Good Job Lombardi!

    Clifford is young physical and can surprise you offensively.

    3yrs ago against SJ he scored 3 playoff goals in 6 games.

    (Without Kopitar and whoever 2nd line center was. Handzus
    Was our #1 center that series.)

    Clifford Toffoli and Frattin give us youth grit and a few pucks in.the net!

  4. sjsblitz - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    insert Blomfield comment and video

    • blomfeld - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      an ‘excellent’ signing friends … good times ! :)

  5. pirovash88 - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Thank you Lombardi for signing Clifford. Now that we have that taken care of, i don’t see why we signed Carcillo, guy is nothing but a liability.

  6. sjsharks66 - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    I wonder if Clifford will stay healthy for the most of the season. He seems to be getting injured a lot. Hopefully for the Kings sake he doesn’t go down the same path Havlat has.

  7. tuberippin - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Clifford The Big Left Wing

  8. letsgopens8771 - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Smart move by LA. I like Clifford as a player.

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