Martin Frk has been an impact player in his first season with the Kings as he has been their top scorer in the minors and hasn’t looked out of place in limited NHL action either. Los Angeles is clearly pleased with what they’ve seen from him as they announced that they’ve signed him to a two-year contract extension. The deal will pay the league minimum in both seasons: $700K in 2020-21 and $750K in 2021-22 for a $725K AAV and is a one-way pact; his current deal is a two-way contract.
The 26-year-old has been quite productive with AHL Ontario this season, collecting just 23 goals in 37 games, earning himself an All-Star nod. While there, he set a new record for the hardest shot in the Skills Competition, checking in at 109.2 MPH. That scoring prowess has carried over to the NHL as well as he has five goals in just eight games with the Kings after scoring just one goal in 30 games with Detroit last season.
The deal buys out Frk’s final year of RFA eligibility plus one UFA year. It’s a move with minimal risk for the Kings as at a minimum, he’s an affordable player to have in the minors as a top recall option. If he continues to produce in the NHL though, it could wind up being a bargain move when all is said and done.