The Los Angeles Kings announced they have signed defenseman Matt Roy to a significant raise as the team has extended him for three more years. The deal is worth $9.45MM with a $3.15MM AAV. Roy was going to be a restricted free agent at the end of this season.
The terms of the deal (via TSN’s Pierre LeBrun):
The 26-year-old was making just $700K this year, the last year of his two-year bridge deal he signed in 2019. By signing a three-year pact, the Kings bought out two UFA years, hence the significant raise.
Roy is the ultimate success story.
Drafted in the seventh round in the 2015 draft after his freshman year at Michigan Tech, Roy had two more positive seasons in college before signing with the Kings at the end of the 2017. He played two seasons with the Ontario Reign in the AHL before earning a promotion to Los Angeles late in 2019. He played 25 games for the Kings that year and earned himself a full-time role immediately. Roy finished last season with four goals and 18 points, but more importantly carried a plus-16 rating on a weak L.A. team. This year, Roy has seven assists in 24 games along with a plus-two rating, while averaging 19:16 in ice time, third among Kings’ defensemen behind Drew Doughty and Michael Anderson.