The Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings have agreed to a two-year, $3.25 million deal with the Los Angeles Coyotes, which is the first contract in franchise history to include an arbitration clause.
The agreement comes after a tumultuous three years for the Coyotes, who were in the midst of a three-year rebuild that saw a roster filled with young talent and some of the best goaltenders in the league, including Ilya Bryzgalov, Michael Stone, Michael Leighton and Nick Rimando.
A source told NHL.com on Monday that the agreement is for a salary-cap hit of $3 million per year, $600,000 per year for the first year, then $2 million per season for the second and finally $1 million per years for three years.
The deal includes a $500,000 buyout for each year after that, according to the report.
Bryzgalos deal is one of several deals involving the Coyotes this off-season.
It includes a one-year deal with restricted free agent Nicklas Grossmann, who had a career year in the first season of his deal and another one-way deal with winger Mikko Rantanen, who was traded to Columbus for an international roster spot.
The Coyotes also signed goalie David Zizic to a one year deal that includes $1.5 million in cap hit.
Brent Seabrook, who signed a two year, four million dollar deal with Detroit this off season, will be available to play in the 2017-18 season.
The Coyotes have been without backup goalies since Jaroslav Halak’s season-ending knee injury.