Restricted free agent Kyle Clifford has been signed to a two-year contract, the Los Angeles Kings announced Friday afternoon. The impending signing was first reported by John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor this morning.
The average annual value of Clifford’s contract is 1.075 million dollars, which would put the Kings roughly $822,000 over the salary cap with 25 players signed, according to figures provided by CapGeek.com. This would appear to be a favorable AAV for the Kings, who will have to reduce their roster to 23 players while becoming salary cap compliant by opening day.
Clifford, 22, has appeared in 205 career NHL games over three seasons with the Kings. In 48 games last season, he posted 14 points (7-7=14) and 51 penalty minutes. He has seven points (3-4=7) and 17 penalty minutes in 23 career playoff games.