Andreoff re-ups for two years, $1.355M - LA Kings Insider

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In advance of Sunday’s 2:00 p.m. deadline to submit qualifying offers to restricted free agents, the Los Angeles Kings signed RFA forward Andy Andreoff to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $677,500.

Though he received nearly two minutes of ice time beyond what he averaged the year prior, Andreoff wasn’t able to capitalize on his 60-game, eight-goal season in 2015-16. The scoring chances appeared to be there late in the year, and there’s never questioning his energy or fearlessness, but with two assists in 36 games, the production simply never came. With 98 shots on goal in 114 NHL games, he’ll also need to improve his shot rate over the duration of his contract.

One significant note in Andreoff’s favor is that he’s inexpensive. With a $677,500 cap hit, his salary is only marginally more expensive than the $660,000 qualifying offer he would’ve been due. He’s also versatile, and while it doesn’t appear that he’ll grow outside of a fourth line role, he’s able to slot in at both center (where he has a 52.0% career faceoff rate) and wing. Also, he’s still comparatively young at 26, so there’s the possibility that he can regain the encouraging trajectory and continue to build his identity as a player, efforts that seemed to materialize in his game late in 2015-16.

With Andreoff’s contract, the Kings now have $64.99-million committed to 17 players who are currently under contract for 2017-18, based on financials provided by Cap Friendly. That figure includes the contract for Adrian Kempe, but not Oscar Fantenberg or Jeff Zatkoff. It also includes Mike Richards’ cap recapture and termination penalties, as well as Matt Greene’s buyout. With that figure, Los Angeles has roughly $10.01M to allot to up to between three and six players (though likely six) via extensions, trades and free agency (and the highly unlikely scenario in which a 2017 draft pick makes the opening night roster).

Given that Jonny Brodzinski, Nick Shore, Justin Auger, Kevin Gravel, Michael Mersch, Kurtis MacDermid and Paul LaDue are also among the restricted free agents who will need new contracts, there appears to be an upcoming game of musical chairs that should elicit good competition at training camp. MacDermid, Auger and Mersch will no longer be waiver exempt. Nor will goaltender Jack Campbell, though the Kings will be looking to continue to bolster their goaltending pipeline, and that includes exploring both the free agent and trade market for a back-up.

In 114 regular-season games over three seasons in the NHL, Andreoff has 15 points (10-5=15), 164 penalty minutes and an even rating.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.