TSN has reported that the deal will pay the 23-year-old $2 million, which will amount to a $1 million annual average.
The 6’3” 215-pounder played 45 games with the Kings last season. Muzzin had a total of 16 points (7G-9A) with 35 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating. He also played 17 post season games accumulating three assists and six penalty minutes.
In March, Muzzin was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month and received the Mark Bavis Memorial Award by the Kings for Best Newcomer.
Muzzin also ranks high amongst other NHL rookie defenseman. He is first in plus-minus, second in goals, tied for third in points, tied for fifth in assists, tied for third in power play goals with three, fifth in shots with 77, and fifth in hits with 70.
The defenseman was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2007, fifth round (141stoverall pick). He was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on January 5, 2010. Muzzin stepped up this season due to key defenseman Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell being out for the Kings.
The Kings now have 20 players under contract for the 2013-14 season with only 4.2 million dollars of cap space available. There are still the unsigned restricted free agents Alec Martinez, Trevor Lewis and Jordan Nolan who will head to arbitration. Kyle Clifford is also a restricted free agent. There is also the team’s only unsigned unrestricted free agent, Dustin Penner, who from the looks of the cap space the Kings won’t be able to offer him the type of contracts other teams will.Tags: Alec Martinez, Dustin Penner, Hockey, Jake Muzzin, Jordan Nolan, Kyle Clifford, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins, Restricted Free Agent, Trevor Lewis