The Los Angeles Kings announced Friday they have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with restricted free agent defenseman Jake Muzzin. TSN reports it is worth $2 million.
In 45 games with the Kings last season, Muzzin had seven goals, nine assists, 35 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound 23-year-old added three assists and six penalty minutes in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff Games.
Chosen by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round (No. 141) of the 2007 NHL Draft, he was signed by Los Angeles as an unrestricted free agent on Jan. 5, 2010. In 56 NHL games, he has seven goals and 17 points.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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