Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Kings Extend Pearson
The Los Angeles Kings looked after one of their core pieces on Tuesday, signing forward Tanner Pearson to a new 4-year contract extension, just ahead of him going to restricted free agency in July. The new deal is said to be worth $15 million in total, a $3.75 million cap hit per season, through the 2021 season.
The 24-year old has been a part of the Kings organization since being a 1st round pick in 2012 and the 2017 season was a good one for him, playing in 80 games, scoring 24 goals and 44 points, good enough for 161st overall in pool scoring, 120th among all forwards.
Pearson was a bargain pick in this year's draft, as Mike picked him up in the 10th round, 241st overall and his overall rank was 80 spots better, making him one of the better selections in the draft.
The cap situation for the Kings is a bit dicey these days and that's going to be something we'll be going through on their Pool Outlook in a couple of days, but if they are going to improve on their 2017 playoff no-show season, they are going to need to make some moves. It was good that they got Pearson, a good piece of their core moving forward, locked up for a reasonable cost.