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Mitchell replacement? Kings re-sign McNabb to two-year deal

Jul 14, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

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If Los Angeles Kings fans don’t know Brayden McNabb yet, they may get to do so next season.

The Kings announced they’ve re-signed the 23-year-old defenseman to a two-year contract. John Hoven at Mayor’s Manor reports the deal is worth $1.3 million.

According to Hoven, McNabb’s immediate future with the Kings may see him getting a shot to replace Willie Mitchell in their top-six and he’ll be given every opportunity to win a spot playing alongside Slava Voynov in training camp. The Kings acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline in March.

McNabb stands at 6-foot-4 and 204 pounds and plays a physical game. Sounds a bit like Voynov’s former defensive partner who signed with the Florida Panthers on July 1. McNabb’s competition for ice time will be against veterans Robyn Regehr and Jeff Schultz. If Regehr is healthy, he may have a tough time breaking through.

  1. bullwinkle88 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    This guy’s going to be a good one. I still question Murray’s decision to make this trade. It will take some time to see if Fasching and Deslauriers are worth it.

    • strictlythedanks - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      As a gopher fan I can tell you that Fasching is a stud that seems to have the size and skills that translate to the nhl.

    • cantescapekarma - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      I think Fasching was the key piece in this trade for Buffalo. I have only seen him play a few times myself, but from what I seen (as well as what I’ve read&heard), Fasching seems to have a pretty high ceiling. His work ethic and the way he was raised I think will go a long way in his success too (it’s an interesting story, check out his background sometime).
      Buffalo is also still pretty loaded with good D prospects and honestly if I had to pick one guy to be traded it probably would have been McNabb. Zadorov is an even harder hitting, higher scoring replacement that i feel is already as good as McNabb is and has a higher ceiling. And Fasching (and Deslaurier) add a demension to Buffalo’s forward depths that was lacking. I think Hudson Fasching will be a big part of Buffalo’s team in the future.
      While I do agree that McNabb will eventually be a good Defenseman in the NHL, I am happy with this trade. McNabb was unable to crack Buffalo’s lineup under 3 seperate head coaches, so there had to be a reason for that… Time is the only thing that will truly tell if this was a good or bad trade, but I don’t question Tim Murray’s decision to make this trade and think it was a good trade for both teams – they both gave up a good prospect and got another in return.

  2. schusters3 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Kings also paying Derek Forbort $850,000 to develop in minors. Gonna be unbelievably competitive to crack Sutter’s lineup on D!

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  4. pigpen1013 - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:05 AM

    God, you’re an idiot…

  5. illogic87 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Since when does Donovan McNabb play hockey?

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      Who’s Donovan McNabb?

  6. djshnooks - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Fasching is a stud. Plain and simple.

    McNabb had plenty of opportunity to break into the Sabres lineup and couldn’t.

    With all the young defense the Sabres have and the way Fasching played on Minnesota’s top line as a freshman…I’d make this trade again and again.

    Tim Murray knows what he’s doing… Fasching is going to be a beast in the NHL.

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