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Kings re-sign defenseman Sean Walker to four-year, $10.6-million extension

Kings defenseman Sean Walker skates around Golden Knights center Paul Stastny on March 1, 2020, in Las Vegas.
Kings defenseman Sean Walker, left, skates around Golden Knights center Paul Stastny on March 1 in Las Vegas.
(John Locher / Associated Press)

The Kings signed defenseman Sean Walker to a four-year, $10.6-million contract extension.

The team announced the deal Friday with Walker, who was scheduled to be a restricted free agent.

Walker is a former undrafted free agent who has played his way into an important role with the Kings in just three years. He has eight goals and 26 assists in 109 games over the last two seasons, emerging as a productive two-way defenseman and an impressive, speedy skater.

The Kings originally signed Walker after his college career at Bowling Green, the alma mater of Kings general manager Rob Blake. Walker excelled in the American Hockey League and earned his NHL debut in October 2018.

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He stuck with the Kings for good last season, getting five goals and 19 assists in 70 games. He trailed only Drew Doughty among Kings defensemen in points, ice time (18:50) and shots (127) over a full season.

The Kings missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year after finishing the regular season with the NHL’s third-worst point total. They have the second overall pick in the upcoming draft.


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