Another defenseman is on the move on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights have completed a transaction.
Bob McKenzie was first to report on Tuesday that an agreement was in place to defenseman Alec Martinez to the Golden Knights.
TSN’s Frank Seravelli has just confirmed that the deal is now done, with Pierre LeBrun revealing that the return is a second-round pick in 2020 and another one in 2021.
In 41 games with the Kings, Martinez has put up a goal and eight points, along with 17 penalty minutes. He was scratched for precautionary reasons last night as the Kings faced the Jets in Winnipeg.
An agreement was in place between the Kings and Knights to pull the trigger on the move, however, the Kings might have up their asking price after the Montreal Canadiens shipped blue liner Marco Scandella to the St. Louis Blues in return second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft (and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2021). The Washington Capitals also acquired earlier on Tuesday defenseman Brenden Dillion from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for for a second-round and third round pick.
This is a good return for a rebuilding team in Los Angeles.
Martinez is under contract through 2020-21 at $4 million against the salary cap. This will mark the end of a six-year, $24 million deal signed in Dec. 2014.
In 597 games in the NHL, Martinez has posted 198 points in that span.