The Kings have signed defenseman Thomas Hickey, forward Stefan Legein, forward David Meckler and defenseman Jake Muzzin on one-year deals. All players were playing with the Manchester Monarchs, the LA Kings Affiliate. You can read more about the Monarchs here.
All of the signed players are restricted free agents. The only other Kings restricted free agent, Justin Azevedo, has agreed to play in Europe next season. (You can read our Q & A here on the definitions and examples of restricted and unrestricted free agents). The signing for one year is a good one for us as we like to keep those forwards ready when needed. The Kings are full of talented defenseman so its harder for Hickey and Muzzin to make the team. But again, it’s the right move for now because we need to see after this season if we solidify our roster or trade and move the prospects up. Exciting times!
Hickey, 23, had 26 points (3-23=26), 36 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating in 76 regular season games with the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) this past season.
|Hometown :||Calgary, AB|
|Date of Birth :||02/08/1989|
Legein, 23, recorded 14 goals, 25 points (14-11=25) and 44 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games with the Monarchs this past season.
|Hometown :||Oakville, ON|
|Date of Birth :||11/24/1988|
Meckler, 25 (turned 25 on July 9), recorded 10 goals, 17 points (10-7=17), 13 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 44 regular season games with the Monarchs this past season, his fifth season in Manchester.
|Hometown :||Highland Park, IL|
|Date of Birth :||07/09/1987|
Muzzin, 23, established new career highs in goals (7), assists (24), points (31), penalty minutes (40) and games played (71) while skating with the Monarchs this past season.
|Hometown :||Woodstock, ON|
|Date of Birth :||02/21/1989|
Good Luck guys! Hope to see you soon on the team.