Cloutier inks extension with Kings
Former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Dan Cloutier signed a two-year, $6.2-million US contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.
The deal will keep Cloutier with the Kings through the 2008-09 season.
Cloutier, 30, will earn $2.55 million US this season under the terms of his old contract with the Canucks. He'll then make $3.1 million per season in 2007-08 and 2008-09 under the new deal.
Cloutier would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.
"That was one of the issues," Kings GM Dean Lombardi told the Canadian Press. "But the main thing is that once his health is established, we know this guy is a good goalie. He's a real competitor."
Cloutier spent parts of the last five NHL seasons with the Canucks. He set a franchise record by posting three consecutive 30-win seasons from 2001-04.
However, the Mont-Laurier, Que., native was never able to guide the Canucks deep into the playoffs, and suffered several injuries during his time in Vancouver.
He was limited to just 13 games last season due to a knee injury.
The Canucks shipped Cloutier to L.A. on July 5 in exchange for a second-round draft pick in the 2007 NHL entry draft and a conditional selection in the 2009 entry draft.
He became expendable once the Canucks acquired marqueenetminder Roberto Luongo from the Florida Panthers in a June swap involving forward Todd Bertuzzi.
Cloutier has also played for the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning in his career since joining the NHL in 1997-98.
With files from the Canadian Press