Brayden McNabb, Kings Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Reaction

Brian Marron@@brianmarron398Featured ColumnistJune 4, 2016

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb warms up before the start of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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The Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Brayden McNabb agreed to a new two-year contract Saturday.

Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reported the news.

Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times and LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen provided additional context on the deal:

The contract allows McNabb, 25, to avoid becoming a restricted free agent. 

McNabb was selected in the third round by Buffalo in the 2009 draft, but he failed to find a consistent role with the Sabres, as he appeared in just 37 games. 

The team traded him to Los Angeles in March 2014, and he seems to be comfortable as a bottom-pairing player in the Kings' defensive group. He has 38 points in 152 regular-season games with the club, including a plus-22 mark.

McNabb had a forgettable 2016 playoffs, though, recording zero points and finishing minus-four in a five-game loss to the San Jose Sharks.

According to General Fanager, McNabb's new deal is similar in term to players like Colorado's Nick Holden and New Jersey's John Moore.

Holden plays on his team's top pair with Tyson Barrie. He finished with 22 points last season and was third on the Avalanche in average time with 21 minutes, 53 seconds per game. Moore plays on the Devils' top power-play unit, but he mustered only 19 points last year and was fourth on the team in average ice time with 19 minutes, 50 second a night.

McNabb is part of a much deeper and talented Kings defensive group than Holden and Moore.

Los Angeles features two players, Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin, who will be on Canada's upcoming World Cup of Hockey squad along with all-around defenseman Alec Martinez.

Fittingly, McNabb was fourth in average ice time with 18 minutes, 49 second per game.

His contract seems to fit his role as a depth defenseman, so this is a smart move by Los Angeles to secure its defensive group and establish some continuity within the unit.  

 

Statistics are courtesy of ESPN.com  

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