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Adam Cracknell comes to the Kings from St. Louis on a one-year, $600,000 deal. The 28-year-old has proven to be quite a pest in recent years, including against the Kings in the postseason. Cracknell brings a ton of energy and physicality to L.A. and should push players like Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis to earn a spot on the team.
He recorded two points in 19 games last season and added a goal in five playoff games.
Cracknell has played 65 games in his career, all with the Blues, although it was the Calgary Flames that drafted him 279th overall in 2004.
Cracknell is the type of player who can jump into the lineup and have an impact on the fourth line. Look for Darryl Sutter to use him at least five to 10 times next season, regardless of the Kings' injury situation or his place on the depth chart.
David Van der Gulik
The Kings also added David Van der Gulik, a 31-year-old from Abbotsford, British Columbia. He signed a one-year, $550,000 contract.
A left winger, he stands 5'10" and weighs 173 pounds. In 48 career games with the Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames, he's notched two goals and 11 assists for 13 points.
Don't expect Van der Gulik to have an impact in L.A. next season, as he should spend most of the year in the AHL playing for the Monarchs. However, if the Kings run into injury problems, he and Cracknell could see time on the fourth line together.
Stats courtesy of NHL.com and salary information courtesy of CapGeek.com.