LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed unrestricted free agent defensemen Brendan Buckley and Kevin Dallman to two-year contacts, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
Buckley, 29, played in 73 regular season games this past season for the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League (AHL) and had 11 points (2-9=11) and 104 penalty minutes. He also played in four playoff games with the Rivermen and had four penalty minutes.
A 6-1, 205-pound native of Boston, Buckley was originally selected by Anaheim in the fifth-round (117th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. After a four-year career at Boston College, Buckley has also played professionally for Worcester (AHL), Syracuse (AHL), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), Cincinnati (AHL) and Quad City of the United Hockey League. With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2001, Buckley advanced to the Calder Cup Finals and had two points (both assists) in 21 playoff games.
Dallman, 25, made his NHL debut this past season and split time with the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins. He began the season with the Bruins and in 21 games had one point (an assist) and eight penalty minutes with Boston before being claimed on waivers by St. Louis on December 3. IN 46 games with the Blues, Dallman had 13 points (4-9=13) and 21 penalty minutes. He scored his first NHL goal on January 12 at Florida and he made his NHL debut on October 5 versus Montreal.
A 5-11, 195-pound native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Dallman was originally signed by the Bruins as a free agent on July 18, 2002, after a four-year career with Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 1998-02. While with Boston, he played three seasons for the club's American Hockey League affiliate in Providence from 2002-05, and in 2004-05 he was named that team's Best Defenseman after he led all team defensemen and ranked fifth overall in scoring with 34 points (8-26=34). Dallman also that season led all team defensemen in playoff scoring, recording 10 points (4-6=10) in 17 post-season games.
Prior to turning pro, Dallman finished as Guelph's all-time leader in games played (268), points (260) and penalty minutes (246). He was named the team's Rookie of the Year in 1998-99 and he earned an OHL Second Team All-Star berth in 1999-00. In 2000-01 and 2001-02, he led all OHL defensemen in scoring.