On the plus side of summer negotiations recently is the signing of Alec Martinez. The Kings and their fans might still be anxiously waiting for good news on the Doughty front, but in the meantime we’ve got something to mull over. It’s small scale to be sure, but signing Alec Martinez and avoiding a drawn out arbitration process is a positive step.
Martinez stepped up last season when Muzzin struggled at the NHL level (not to say Muzzin was bad, but he wasn’t quite ready). In stepped Martinez, and he never opened the door to anyone else to make a move. He started 60 games, scoring 5 goals and 11 assists with 16 points and 18 PIMs. Martinez is an offensive-minded defenseman that made a reputation for responsible play in the defensive zone. His emergence as a real talent on the blue line may have made the road a bit more difficult for Voynov, Hickey and the like, but it also made it more competitive – a good thing.
Fortunately, Martinez signed a contract.
Martinez signed a 2 year contract for $737,500 per season. It’s actually a smaller cap hit than the Kings dealt with last season. Last year, Martinez had a $875,000 annual hit, since it had to take into consideration his performance and signing bonus aspects. At only 24 years old, Martinez has a bright future and hopefully it’ll be with the Kings. This contract is a step in the right direction.
Next step? Signed Doughty.