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Kings sign Tanner Pearson to four-year deal and trade goalie Ben Bishop

Kings sign Tanner Pearson to four-year deal and trade goalie Ben Bishop

The Kings need goals. Left wing Tanner Pearson, who scored a career-best 24 for them last season and ranked second on the team in that category, needed a new contract or he would have become a restricted free agent.

With a minimum of fuss and what Pearson called “a bit of negotiating” after talks intensified about three weeks ago, they agreed on a four-year, $15-million contract that was announced Tuesday. The deal appears to be a win for both sides: The salary cap-squeezed Kings will take on an annual cap hit of $3.75 million, which is more than reasonable for a 24-year-old forward who’s on an upward career arc, and Pearson got his wish to continue his career with the...

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