Alec Martinez’s New Contract Worth Every Penny to Los Angeles Kings

December 4th, 2014 by Vinh Cao Leave a reply »

The 13-7-5 Los Angeles Kings have put forth inconsistent showings this year in large part due to the defense’s inability to consistently break out of its zone.

Alec Martinez’s return from injury should help smooth out this blemish going forward.

Even more good news arrived on Wednesday, as Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported that the defenseman has signed a six-year, $24 million extension with the team:

Alec Martinez 6 yrs, $24M

— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 3, 2014 As a mobile and confident blueliner, Martinez will provide great value and breathe life into a back end that has frequently skated in circles rather than carving a path to the opposition’s end this season.



Through 25 games, head coach Darryl Sutter’s club has been at its worst in the first period. Its modest plus-one goal differential in the opening frame doesn’t stack up to the plus-six the Kings have recorded in both the second and third periods.

To demonstrate the importance of a good start, consider this: L.A. is 3- ...

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