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Adrian Kempe Re-Signs With the LA Kings

With the 2022 NHL Entry Draft in the rear view mirror, it is time to turn our attention to free agency. On July 13th, NHL clubs can formally offer unrestricted and restricted free agent contracts. However, teams can now take one name off their boards, as restricted free agent Adrian Kempe has re-signed with the Los Angeles Kings. Darren Dreger is reporting the contract is four years in length and carries a $5.5 million AAV.

The twenty-five-year-old Kempe was drafted by the Kings in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and has played his entire NHL career in Los Angeles. 2021-22 was the best statistical season of his career as he posted thirty-five goals and nineteen assists, playing primarily on Anze Kopitar’s line. Sixteen of Kempe’s points last season came on the power play, and he also scored three shorthanded goals.

LA Kings Prospect Alex Turcotte Needs to Have a Big Season

SeasonTeamLgeGPGAPtsPIM+/-GPGAPtsPIM
2012-13MoDo Jr.Swe-Jr39671336-7
2013-14MoDo Jr.Swe-Jr2031619326
2013-14MODO Hockey OrnskoldsvikSweHL455611125
2014-15MODO Hockey OrnskoldsvikSweHL505121742-8
2014-15Manchester MonarchsAHL300020178192
2015-16Ontario ReignAHL5511172827-1134152
2016-17Ontario ReignAHL461282044-750222
2016-17Los Angeles KingsNHL252466-3
2017-18Los Angeles KingsNHL81162137491140002
2018-19Los Angeles KingsNHL8112162850-10
2019-20Los Angeles KingsNHL6911213229-10
2020-21Los Angeles KingsNHL5614152928-18
2021-22Los Angeles KingsNHL7835195446-272460
NHL TotalsRegular Season3909096186208Playoffs112462
Adrian Kempe’s career statistics courtesy of hockeydb.com.

After the Kempe signing, the Los Angeles Kings have approximately $6.5 million in salary-cap space left. They still have to re-sign defensemen Michael Anderson and Sean Durzi, as well as forwards Gabe Vilardi, Carl Grundstrom, and Brendan Lemieux – all of whom are restricted, free agents.

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I have been a hockey fan for as long as I can remember and have been following the LA Kings since 1988. Born and raised in the Mohawk Valley, NY, I'm a contributor for Inside The Rink and also the host of Marty's Illegal Stick Hockey Podcast. Most of all I am proud of the fact that my wife and kids have become hockey fanatics just like me!

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