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L.A. signs Dwight King to two-year extension

Dwight King, Mike Richards

Los Angeles Kings’ Dwight King (74) celebrates his goal against the Phoenix Coyotes with teammate Mike Richards (10) during the second period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Sunday, May 13, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed a key part of their Stanley Cup run.

Dwight King -- the big-bodied winger from Saskatchewan -- has agreed to a two-year deal that will keep him in Los Angeles until 2014. Financial terms of the contract were not released; King’s last deal paid $591,667 annually.

The 6-foot-3, 234-pound forward was a key contributor for L.A. after being called up from AHL Manchester in February, scoring 5G-9A-14PTS in 27 regular season games, helping the Kings finish eighth in the Western Conference.

From there, he posted another 5G-3A-8PTS in 20 playoff games, including a pair of game-winning goals against the Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference final.

King thrived on the third line alongside Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis during the playoffs, a trio that now seems likely to play together in 2012-13.

Stoll liked centering King and the chemistry his line produced.

"[King is] a big strong body that can control the puck and obviously shoot the puck. Come playoff time, that type of player is huge,” Stoll told the LA Times back in May. “He’s strong on the puck, he can get in on the forecheck, be physical, and control the puck down there.

“Him and Lewie are great down there controlling the puck. You’ve seen it lots here down the stretch, late in third periods, they’re controlling the corners side to side and you see what he can do when he shoots the puck.

“He’s a very special player for us right now.”