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Los Angeles Kings sign Phillip Danault to six-year deal

Jul 7, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) reaches for the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in game five of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 7, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) reaches for the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in game five of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Kings have signed free agent center and former first-round pick Phillip Danault to a six-year, $33 million contract.

Danault, 28, is fresh off leading the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Final. He led all forwards in shorthanded time on ice and faceoff wins during the playoffs. He finished sixth in Selke Trophy voting this past season.

Former Vancouver blueliner Alexander Edler also joined the Kings, agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million deal, ESPN reported.

Danault tallied 24 points (five goals, 19 assists) in 53 games for the Habs this past season, his sixth in Montreal.

Overall, he has 199 points (55 goals, 144 assists) in 360 career games with the Canadiens and Blackhawks, who took the left-shot center No. 26 overall in the 2011 draft. Danault has won 53.1 percent of career faceoffs.

The Blackhawks dealt Danault to the Habs in February 2016.

–Field Level Media