Jordan Nolan

Tanner Pearson has proven his value to flagging Kings

Tanner Pearson has proven his value to flagging Kings

The playoff math doesn’t look good for the Kings, whose wild-card hopes grow dimmer with each passing day. And that might soon have the team pondering another equation:

Where would the Kings be without Tanner Pearson?

In his second full NHL season, the winger is second on the team in goals with 19 and third in points with 41. That has taken up some of the goal-scoring slack left by Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik, who have just 18 goals combined.

The Kings will pay Pearson $1.4 million this season. They’ll pay the combination of Kopitar and Gaborik more than 10 times that amount.

That’s a disparity that will be addressed this July when Pearson becomes a restricted...

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