One down, one to go. Just a few hours after the dates were set for the Kings’ arbitration hearings in Toronto, the Kings cut their number of hearings in half. Among the Kings restriced free agents only Brad Richardson, Alec Martinez, and Trevor Lewis were eligable to file for arbitraion, Richardson and Martinez the only two Kings to actually file for a hearing.
However, the Kings came to an agreement with defense man Alec Martinez who, on Friday, signed a new two year contract where he will make $737,500 each of the next two seasons with the Kings. Martinez became a roster regular after being called up from the Monarchs,where he lead the team in points and served as an alternative captain, early last season, .
Martinez’s arbitration hearing was set for July 27.
Last season, his rookie season, Martinez appeared in 60 regular season games with the Kings, where he grabbed 16 points ranking him eighth,among rookie defense man, helping him rank fifth in plus-minus (plus-11). Martinez also played in all six of the Kings’ playoff games registering one assist.
Since Martinez will no longer go to arbitration the Kings can focus on wrapping up Richardson. Since the two sides can continue to negotiate before Richardson’s hearing, which is on July 21, the Kings will try to get Richardson to sign before the two sides have to submit a desired salary, and allow the arbitrator to select a salary around the two submitted. Richardson made $900,000 last season.