Good news, insiders!
Kings agreed to terms for a one-year contract extension with defender Mickey Anderson, who holds a $1,000,000 AAV. Anderson was one of the two remaining restricted free agents for Kings, and with his re-signing, Kings secured a significant piece for another season, although there is no doubt that the two sides will come to an agreement.
While far from the offensive dynamo, with eight points (2-6-8) from 53 games played last season, Anderson has established himself as an effective defensive man in the early stages of his NHL career. Last season, the 23-year-old defender saw a 9% or more increase in shot attempts, scoring high-risk chances and chances, and leading the Kings to score 12 more goals in 5-on-5 with Anderson on the ice. During the 2021-22 season compared to the 2020-21 season, despite the relatively similar time on the ice.
The one-year contract represents a small increase for a player who has established himself as a top NHL defensive player providing an excellent complement to Drew Doughty in the duos. Dottie loves to play with Anderson, Anderson loves to play with Dottie and Anderson and Dottie effectively play together.
Given Anderson and Doughty’s aforementioned pairing, the duo was one of the top six pairs in the entire NHL in terms of CF%, SCF% and HDCF% when playing together. Looking specifically at pairs of at least 500 minutes together, Anderson Dottie ranked second in the league in the first two categories, coming in sixth in third. No pairs allowed fewer shot attempts per 60 minutes than Anderson and Dottie did, with their chances of scoring against the league’s third-best player. Together, Anderson and Dottie controlled more than 56 percent of the goals, and he is the seventh best player in the league. It all comes up against the other team’s best players most nights.
The Kings now have this player under contract for a modest header. The one-year deal means Anderson will remain a restricted free agent when his contract expires and he will be eligible to arbitrate next summer. The move also gives both the player and the team another year to negotiate a long-term extension, if they so choose. The Kings will have more flexibility in terms of cover area for the next summer and greater flexibility in the seasons that follow. General Manager Rob Blake confirmed that extending Anderson was a priority this summer and that the organization loves what Anderson brings to the table.
Considering how that affects the Kings from a salary cap perspective, the team has only one restricted free agent – Sean Dorsey – and more than enough roof space to re-sign him. Per CapFri Friendly, which represents contracts for 25 players, the Kings have $513,333 in remaining cap space, But as I explained yesterdayThis number is misleading. Computing 25 players is more than teams are allowed to carry during the regular season, resulting in at least $1.5 million in additional space. With regards specifically to Durzi, the Kings will need to send someone down to accommodate the addition, so the Kings are really looking at about $3 million in space with only Durzi left to sign. Not only should that be more than enough room to hold the Ontarians, but it should also give the Kings some wiggle room regarding potential injuries and call-ups that occur during the season. Put on a sanitary cap.
From the team’s official statement –
Los Angeles Kings defender Micky Anderson has signed a one-way, one-year contract extension with an average annual value (AAV) of $1,000,000.
Anderson, 23, scored eight points (2-6 = 8) in 57 regular season games with the Kings last season. He also made his playoff debut and appeared in all seven games for the Kings, notching his first post-season point (0-1 = 1) and ranking third among the team’s defenses in average time on the ice (19:49).
Originally selected in the fourth round (ranked 103) of the 2017 NHL Draft, 6-0, 195 lbs., he earned 20 points (4-14 = 20) in 117 career games over three seasons, all with the Kings. Anderson began his professional career in 2019-20 with Ontario Reign (AHL), scoring 15 points (3-12 = 15) in 53 games before making his NHL debut with the Kings on February 29, 2020.
Prior to his career, Anderson attended the University of Minnesota Duluth (2017-19) where he helped Bulldog win back-to-back NCAA Nationals (2018-19) as well as the NCHC Championship (2019). He collected 50 points (11-39 = 50) in 79 regular season games and earned an honorable mention for the NCHC All-Star for the sophomore season (2018-19). Prior to Minnesota-Duluth, Anderson also skated two seasons of junior hockey with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the NHL, totaling 50 points (6-44 = 50) in 111 appearances with eight points (5-3 = 8) in 17 playoffs.
The Roseville, Minnesota native represented the United States at two IIHF World Junior Championships, and led the United States to silver in 2019 just one year after he and his brother, Joey, helped the United States win a bronze medal on the ice at home in 2018. In 14 matches with Team USA, Anderson scored six points (2-4 = 6).