The LA Kings have signed defenseman Christian Wolanin to a one-year, two-way contract extension with an average annual value (AAV) of $750,000 at the NHL level, according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.
Wolanin, 26, was acquired from the Ottawa Senators on March 29, 2021 in exchange for Michael Amadio and appeared in three games with LA, going scoreless with a plus-1 rating. In 18 games last season with the Kings and Senators, he totaled three points (0-3=3). He also appeared in two games with the Ontario Reign (AHL), posting three points (0-3=3) and a plus-2 rating.
The 6-2, 190-pound defenseman has appeared in 61 NHL games since the 2017-18 season, posting 18 points (5-13=18). Selected by Ottawa in the fourth-round (107th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft, he has also appeared in 52 games in the AHL, recording 35 points (8-27=35) and a plus-11 rating.
Born in Quebec City, Quebec, Wolanin is a dual citizen who grew up in Rochester, Mich. and recently represented Team USA at the IIHF World Championship in Latvia, helping them win the bronze medal. He appeared in 10 games in total, leading all team defenseman in points (6) and assists (5) and tying for the team lead with a plus-8 rating. Among tournament defensemen he was tied for first in assists and second in points. This was the second time he represented the United States, also appeared in six games during the 2019 tournament going scoreless.