The Los Angeles Kings have announced that they’ve re-signed a trade acquisition from last season’s NHL trade deadline, Brayden McNabb. The team received McNabb, Jonathan Parker and two second-round picks in exchange for prospect Hudson Fasching and hybrid AHLer Nicholas Deslauries in a deal with the Buffalo Sabres during last season’s trade deadline. Now with a two year deal under his belt, McNabb can turn to proving himself to the defending Stanley Cup champions and earning a place on their roster.
The terms of the deal were made available per the Mayor’s Manor and they are in line with an unproven 23-year old blue-liner with limited pro league experience. McNabb will play for two years for a total of $1.3 million.
While the Kings won’t be counting on McNabb for offensive fireworks any time soon, they are hoping they have another big-bodied defenseman who can sweep the corners and keep the puck moving up ice. The Kings have been known for great blue line play since their first Stanley Cup-winning year and McNabb will have to live up to that pedigree with and without the puck if he wants to stick.
With the departure of veteran Willie Mitchell, Kings GM Dean Lombardi is giving Brayden McNabb a legitimate chance to earn a roster spot in the span of his two-year contract. Now it’s up to him to lock down his place on an NHL roster.
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