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Kings extend defenseman Brayden McNabb

16 April 2016: Los Angeles Kings Defenseman Brayden McNabb (3) [7437] during game 2 of the first round of the NHL Western Conference playoffs between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb saw his overall offensive production take a dip during the 2015-16 season, but his underlying numbers – including his possession stats – have been fairly strong.

As a result, the team has decided to bring him back for another two years:

Drafted 66th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2009, McNabb first arrived with the Kings in 2014 as part of the deal for Hudson Fasching. He’s spent the last two seasons on the blue line for Los Angeles, putting up a combined four goals and 38 points in the process.

Now, he’ll get a chance to try and expand upon that production over the next two years, as well.

The Kings haven’t yet given any kind of salary information for the 25-year-old defenseman, but the team is expected to be somewhat cap-strapped next season – so it’s likely that the deal doesn’t come at too high of a cost for the Pacific Division club.

With McNabb locked up through the end of the 2017-18 season, the Kings have taken care of the only blue liner RFA they had on their NHL roster; while they’ll still need to fill out the remaining spots in the lineup with either extensions for Luke Schenn and Jamie McBain, their defensive corps looks to be somewhat rounded out heading into the off-season. They still have big questions up front – namely, whether they’ll be able to retain pending free agent Milan Lucic or not – but the club has already started to kick off their summer laundry list of to-do items.

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