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Kings re-sign Carl Grundstrom/Lias Andersson, don't qualify Brendan Lemieux

July 11, 2022, 6:45 PM ET [2 Comments]
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The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed forwards Carl Grundstrom and Lias Andersson.

Grundstrom is 24 years old and has been with the team since 2019 when he was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs. This past season, he scored nine goals and 15 points in 54 games, a pace of 14 goals and 23 points per 82 games. While he’s shown glimpses of really promising offensive upside, he’s likely to remain as a bottom-six forward who can play with intensity and add some physicality. His contract is for two years and carries a $1.3 million cap hit.

Andersson is 23 years old and was acquired from the New York Rangers in October of 2020. The forward has yet to solidify himself as a permanent fit with the Kings and this season, he suited up for just 20 games with Los Angeles, managing one goal and two points. His contract is for one year and is worth $750,000.

These are two solid deals for the Kings. Grundstrom is a solid depth forward who could still continue to develop and his deal brings fair value. You also can’t complain about Andersson’s contract, given the minimum salary.

In other news, the Kings also opted not to extend a qualifying offer to forward Brendan Lemieux. It was somewhat of an interesting move, given Lemieux was a solid member of their bottom-six group last season, scoring eight goals and 13 points in 50 games.

Players who did receive qualifying offers were Mikey Anderson, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Sean Durzi and Gabriel Vilardi, while Vladimir Tkachev and Johan Sodergran did not receive qualifying offers.

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