The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with forwards Rich Clune, Trevor Lewis, Corey Elkins and Marc-Andre Cliche, team President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Saturday.
Clune, 23, earned a pair of assists and 26 penalty minutes in 14 regular-season games with the Kings this past season, his first in the NHL. He earned both of those assists in his second career NHL game (Feb. 13 vs. Colorado). Clune also recorded five penalty minutes in four playoff games with the Kings. The 5-foot-10, 198-pound native of Toronto spent the bulk of the season with the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs, accumulating 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) and 126 PIM in 44 games. Clune was acquired by the Kings from Dallas for Lauri Tukonen on July 21, 2008.
Lewis, 23, began the 2009-10 season with the Kings but had no points or penalty minutes in five games. He was assigned to Manchester on Oct. 30 and registered seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) and 6 PIM in 23 regular-season games. Lewis suffered an upper body injury Nov. 11 and missed 47 games before returning to action March 5. The 6-foot, 199-pound native of Salt Lake City had 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists ), 10 PIM and a team-leading 52 shots in 16 playoff games, helping the Monarchs advance to the AHL's Eastern Conference Finals. Lewis was originally selected by the Kings in the first round (No. 17) in the 2006 Entry Draft. In 11 career NHL games, all with the Kings, he has 1 goal, 2 assists and zero penalty minutes.
Elkins, 25, had a goal in three games with the Kings this past season, his first in the NHL. He made his NHL debut Dec. 15 at Edmonton and scored his first NHL goal in his second game, Dec. 17 at Calgary. The 6-foot-3, 216-pound native of West Bloomfield, Mich., recorded 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) and 24 PIM in 73 regular-season games with Manchester. His 43 points were second on Manchester and first among club rookies. His 21 goals led Manchester and were tied for fifth among AHL rookies. Elkins had eight points (3 goals and 5 assists) and zero penalty minutes in the Monarchs' run to the AHL Eastern Conference Finals. He was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on March 31, 2009.
Cliche, 23, played in one game with the Kings last season – his NHL debut – March 2 at Dallas. He had 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) and 45 PIM in 66 regular-season games with Manchester, serving as an alternate captain. The 6-foot, 198-pound native of Rouyn-Noranda, Que., earned two points (1 goal, 1 assist) and 8 PIM 12 playoff games with the Monarchs. Cliche was acquired by the Kings from the New York Rangers with Jason Ward, Jan Marek and a third-round selection in the 2008 Entry Draft for Sean Avery and John Seymour on Feb. 5, 2007.