Saints and Kings to move from New Orleans to Los Angeles
The New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Kings have agreed to a two-year contract extension, league sources told NHL.com.
The Kings, who are in their fourth season in Los Angeles, are set to begin training camp in late July.
The Saints have been in New Orleans since January, and the club is scheduled to return to Los, Calif., in March.
The Kings will have the opportunity to move to L.A. for the 2019-20 season.
Los Angeles Kings forward Ryan McDonagh will be a restricted free agent on July 1, and he will be eligible to sign a new deal with the Kings.
The terms of the new deal were not disclosed.
McDonagh, 25, has four goals and three assists in 33 games with the St. Louis Blues.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward is second on the Blues in scoring with 10 points (three goals, six assists).
The Kings have struggled offensively in recent years, but they were a strong team last season, posting an NHL-best 51 goals scored.
Los Angeles will have to replace several of its key pieces, including center Justin Williams, who was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks in a blockbuster trade with the New York Islanders.
The St. Paul Saints will be the first team in the league to open training camp next month.
The club will begin its new arena next summer.