Today, the Los Angeles Kings’ general manager Rob Blake was a busy man. The Kings have already shaken up the team by relieving head coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombard of their duties. The team needs to retool this off-season and they started today by shipping away Ben Bishop and extending a key forward in Tanner Pearson, who will be a vital part in what the Kings do here on forward.
Now, trading Bishop makes sense as he is a unrestricted free agent and trading his negotiation rights to the Dallas Stars is smart. The Kings will receive a fourth-round pick.
In addition, the Los Angeles Kings were not going to re-sign Ben Bishop due to the fact that you can only protect one goalie in the upcoming expansion draft, which the Kings are going to protect their superstar Jonathan Quick.
Furthermore, Pearson’s deal is worth $15MM over the next four-years averaging out to a solid $3.75MM per year. He was one of the only bright spots for the Kings.
Finally, the 24-year-old posted a career-high 24 goals and 44 points and took on a much larger role on the team. Pearson led the team in shorthanded scoring and shooting percentage