CONFIRMED: Kings have new deal in place with Kyle Clifford

The latest piece to Dean Lombardi’s summer-long science project appears to be done. A source close to the situation has confirmed to MayorsManor that the Kings and forward Kyle Clifford have agreed upon a new contract.

With the return of the 22-year old left wing, the Kings would have a trio of toughness, as he will be part of a roster that already includes Jordan Nolan and the recently acquired Dan Carcillo.

Clifford’s new contract will be for two years, similar to most of the other deals Lombardi has drawn up with his Restricted Free Agents this summer.

While many of the Kings players struggled coming out of the lockout, Clifford was clearly one of the better players early last season. Coach Darryl Sutter even had enough confidence to pair him with top-6 forwards in an effort to get those guys going.

Clifford finished the 48-game regular season with seven goals and 14 points, matching career highs set two years earlier during his rookie campaign of 2010-11. Obviously, projected out over a full 82-game regular season, this year’s output would have equated to new high-water marks for the Ontario, Canada native.

We’ll have a full interview with Clifford up later this morning.

How can the Kings afford him, given their salary cap issues though?  We broke it all down for you in an article here.

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Comments

  1. JOCELYN Z says:

    GOSH… IT’S ABOUT TIME!!! REALLY WORRIED THERE…

  2. praise jesus

  3. Details….!! Although, I doubt that this changes anything as there is no way that they could fit him in under the current cap, so a trade is still coming.

  4. mickey masdeo says:

    Great news. I was worried also. If possible, would love to see them sign Holloway too . I think Pearson and Vey have a shot at making the roster.

  5. Bill Dunn says:

    Glad to hear it. Now I can relax. Clifford is the one to watch for me for the future. I’m stoked we have him! Now if we can just get him to be a 2nd line player. 😉

  6. typicaljs says:

    Damnit John. I was being productive, now I’m on a never-ending quest to figure out the cap hit/salary info.

  7. No forwards. I think 2 defenseman are gone if Willy is good to go..

  8. kingkong says:

    Great to see Clifford get a contract. He Nolan & Clifford fought there way to a new contracts respectively. Being in a div full of physicality, having three bullies will serve huge purpose.

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