The LA Kings have signed restricted free agent goaltender Cal Petersen to a three-year contract extension, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.
His contract carries an AAV of $858,333 and is a two-way contract in the first year.
The final two years of Petersen's contract are one-way.
The 24-year-old Petersen (born Oct. 19, 1994) made his NHL debut last season with the Kings, playing in 11 games with a 5-4-1 record, 2.60 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout.
His first two career starts came on consecutive nights (Nov. 16 at Chicago and Nov. 17 at Nashville), becoming the first Kings rookie goaltender to make his first two NHL starts in this fashion since Wayne Rutledge did so on Oct. 14 and 15, 1967 (the first two games in franchise history).
The Kings defeated the Blackhawks, 2-1 in a shootout, in his first NHL start. Petersen made 34 saves during the game and stopped both attempts he faced in the shootout, as he turned aside bids from Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.
Video: Inside Cal Petersen's first NHL win in a shootout
Petersen picked up his first career shutout against the St. Louis Blues in his third start on Nov. 19. The rookie goaltender stopped all 29 shots he faced as the Kings won, 2-0.
Video: LAK@STL: Petersen records his first career shutout
Signed as an unrestricted free agent out of Notre Dame (NCAA) by the Kings in July of 2017, the Waterloo, Iowa native appeared in 38 games with the Ontario Reign (AHL) last season, posting a 13-19-3 record, 4.02 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage.
Video: Inside Cal Petersen's diving save in Vancouver
In two seasons with the Reign, he has totaled 79 games, 3.26 goals-against average, .902 save percentage and four shutouts while posting a 36-33-5 record.
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