LA Kings: Alex Iafallo signs four-year contract extension

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The future of Alex Iafallo, the biggest question facing the LA Kings leading up to the trade deadline, has been answered.

Though the LA Kings‘ playoff chances may be looking grim these days, their biggest potential trade chip is sticking around.

Rather than trade pending unrestricted free agent forward Alex Iafallo ahead of Monday’s 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT deadline, the Kings announced that Iafallo has agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $16M ($4M AAV).

Iafallo signed with the Kings in April 2017 after a four-year collegiate stint at Minnesota Duluth. He not only made the jump straight to the NHL the next season but also quickly found himself a fit on LA’s top line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown, a gig he’s managed to hang on to for most of the last four seasons despite the Kings going through three different head coaches in that time and despite his modest offensive production.

Iafallo has 126 points (52-74-126) in 266 career regular-season games. The 27-year-old has been enjoying a career year this season with 25 points (11-14-25) in 39 games. In addition to ranking third on the team in goals and points, Iafallo is also second amongst Kings forwards this season with an average time on ice of 20:09.