Kings grab defensive center Phillip Danault to six-year deal; add Alex Edler to one-year deal

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May 29, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) during the warm-up session before the game six against Toronto Maple Leafs of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-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