The veteran centre signed a US$3-million, two-year contract extension Wednesday with the Los Angeles Kings. He had been slated to be an unrestricted free agent July 1 and was garnering interest from other NHL teams.
"Derek is a good player and he's a really good teammate," Kings GM Dean Lombardi told The Canadian Press. "It's nice to have got this done. Obviously if we hadn't, we would have been in a situation where we would have to look at (a trade) because of the asset.
I like the resigning. He has deinfately done something right on the Cammy/Frolov line and if he is a team guy like Lombardi says, that may help in getting Cammy resigned. Face it, the guy is +16 on the worst team in the Western Conference.
Not the biggest Armstrong fan, but no doubt he deserved this. I can deal with 1.5/year.
I have to admit, the guys ppg has improved every year since he joined the Kings. Just when I think the guy has hit his ceiling, he shows a little more and plays a little better. Yea, he's not the classic 2nd line center, but if he steadily continues like he has been, 65-70 points is not out of reach for him. Heck, this year he will likely hit 60 while playing solid defensively on a crap team. He's got that 3rd/4th line player label permenantly affixed to him, but he could easily play 2nd line on all but the really good, forward-deep teams.
I already talked about my thoughts on retaining Armstrong on the other board here.
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Armstrong is looking like a good fit between Cammy and Frolov right now. I say keep him and give him a chance to gel a bit more with them and hopefully continue their success. If that happens, we give him more than market value (which is still going to be far less than Brendan Morrison money). Every GM right now is cautious with their payroll since so many teams are finding that working near the cap is so crippling for dealmaking. I doubt that Armstrong will want to walk if the Lombardi gives him a decent offer.
The name of the game is no longer to amass as much talent as you can; it's to get the most total production you can given a salary cap. Collecting picks and prospects is fine and good, but finding guys like Armstrong at a non-superstar salary that can play well and get the most out of guys like Frolov and Cammalleri is also essential to the long-term success of the team.
With the salary cap, finding guys like Armstrong is going to be the way we get to keep guys like Frolov, Cammalleri, and Visnovsky.
... so if armstrong is worth $4 mil for 2 yrs, then how much is the kings goin to have to fork up to sign cammaleri to a new contract???... does this mean camms might get traded or worse, walk at the end of this season???...