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Klatt Earns Financial Security

Times Staff Writer

The rest of the Kings’ season is a formality -- two games at home, one on the road before the off-season begins -- but the future is a little more crystallized because forward Trent Klatt’s on-ice numbers triggered a performance clause in his contract that guaranteed an extra season with the Kings.

Klatt signed a two-year, $2.2-million deal last summer with a club option for a third year at $1.1 million that became automatic when Klatt surpassed 35 points this month. Klatt is now signed with the Kings through 2005-06.

Klatt, 33, is the only King to play every game this season, and his physical, grinding style has helped launch him to fan-favorite status.

“He’s deserved that extra year,” General Manager Dave Taylor said. “He’s been a strong player for us.” Klatt has 17 goals and 26 assists in 79 games, and is two points from tying his career-high set in 1996-97 with the Philadelphia Flyers.

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“I’m happy to be a part of this group,” Klatt said. “Ultimately, we didn’t make the playoffs, but we did some great things this year. Now my family and I can stay put for three years here.”

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MRI tests on center Jozef Stumpel’s sore left shoulder showed no serious damage. He has been experiencing soreness that could end his season.... MRI results for center Derek Armstrong’s right triceps will be available today. Armstrong injured the muscle while taking a faceoff Saturday against the Calgary Flames. He then aggravated the injury Monday against the Colorado Avalanche. ... Defenseman Tim Gleason and winger Scott Barney were sent down to Manchester, N.H.

TONIGHT

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Kings vs. San Jose

7:30, Fox Sports Net

Site -- Staples Center.

Radio -- KSPN (710).

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Records -- Kings 28-27-16-8, Sharks 41-20-12-6.

Record vs. Sharks -- 0-3-1-0.

Update -- Luc Robitaille, who became the highest-scoring left wing in league history with his 1,370th point last week, will be honored before the game.


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