The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Kevin Fiala in a trade with the Minnesota Wild, the teams announced Wednesday. The Wild will receive a 2022 first-round pick and the rights to prospect defenseman Brock Faber in return for the restricted free agent.
Los Angeles and Fiala have agreed to a seven-year extension with an average annual value of $7.875 million, according to The Atheltic’s Pierre LeBrun. The Kings announced the contract Thursday.
Fiala is coming off a career-best season which saw him score 33 goals and 85 points in 82 games. In six playoff games against the St. Louis Blues, Fiala chipped in three assists. The 25-year-old played last season on a one-year, $5.1 million contract that was agreed upon following an arbitration hearing last summer.
Why is Fiala on his third team so early in his career?
He was acquired by the Wild because former GM Paul Fenton knew exactly what he was getting, something he proved in Minnesota. He’s a game breaker who can put up 100 points in this league with the right centerman. He’s now leaving Minnesota because the Wild can’t afford the close to $8 million a year he’s about to get with the Kings. He’s coming off a 33-goal, 85-point season, the second-best individual scoring season in Wild history. The Wild essentially bought one year of Fiala when they bought out Zach Parise and Ryan Suter last summer. Otherwise, they would have had to trade him last summer