Kings' Adrian Kempe agrees to four-year, $22-million extension

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Los Angeles Kings center Adrian Kempe (9) passes during an NHL hockey game against the Seattle Kraken Saturday, March 26, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Kings forward Adrian Kempe had career highs of 35 goals and 54 points last season. He agreed to a four-year contract extension on Sunday. (Ashley Landis / Associated Press)

All-Star forward Adrian Kempe has agreed to a four-year, $22-million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings.

The club announced the deal Sunday with Kempe, who set career highs with 35 goals and 54 points last season while earning his first All-Star Game selection.

Kempe became just the third player to score 35 goals for Los Angeles since 2004. The right wing also led the Kings with six points in seven postseason games after Los Angeles qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2018.

The 2014 first-round pick from Sweden has scored 186 points in 390 games over six seasons with the Kings. He is a key offensive component for low-scoring Los Angeles, which finished third in the Pacific Division despite scoring fewer goals than every playoff team except Dallas.

Kempe is likely to be a part of the Kings’ top line next season alongside captain Anze Kopitar and new left wing Kevin Fiala. Los Angeles acquired the high-scoring Swiss forward from Minnesota last month and signed him to a seven-year, $55.125-million contract.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.