Blues sign Kyle Clifford from the Maple Leafs

The St. Louis Blues signed left winger Kyle Clifford of Ayr, Ontario to a two-year contract worth $2 million on Sunday according to NBC Sports. Clifford will be joining his third National Hockey League franchise. He previously played 10 seasons with the Los Angeles Kings and then 16 games last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Clifford had seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points last season with the Kings and Maple Leafs in 69 games. He was a -7 with 68 penalty minutes, 110 shots on goal, six faceoff wins, 15 blocked shots, 133 hits, 11 takeaways and 17 giveaways.

Clifford was a two-time Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and 2014. When he won the Stanley Cup in Los Angeles in 2014, he led the National Hockey League with 39 postseason penalty minutes. When the Kings won their second Stanley Cup in franchise history, Clifford scored the Kings first goal of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals in a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. The goal came from Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jeff Carter of London, Ontario. Carter won the gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. 

On February 5, Clifford was traded from the Los Angeles Kings to the Toronto Maple Leafs with goaltender Jack Campbell for left winger Trevor Moore, and third round picks in the 2020 and 2021 NHL Entry Drafts. With the third round draft pick in 2020, the Kings selected right winger Alex Laferriere.

Clifford was the second notable signing by the Blues in the offseason. They also signed defenseman Torey Krug from the Boston Bruins to a seven year deal worth $45.5 million on Friday.


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