Goalie Cloutier nets two-year extension from Kings
The Kings acquired Cloutier from the Vancouver Canucks on July 5 for a second-round selection in next year's NHL entry draft and a conditional pick in the 2009 draft.
Financial terms of the contract were not announced. When acquired from the Canucks, he was under contract for this season for $2.5 million, with the option of becoming an unrestricted free agent after that.
The 30-year-old Cloutier played in only 13 games with the Canucks last season, recording an 8-3-1 record with a 3.17 goals-against average before sustaining a season-ending knee injury Nov. 20 in a game at Anaheim. Before that, he was the first Vancouver goalie to post three straight 30-win seasons.
Cloutier is 1-1 with a 2.67 goals-against average in two preseason games with the Kings.
Originally drafted by the New York Rangers as the 26th overall selection in the 1994 draft, Cloutier has a career record of 131-124-33, a goals-against-average of 2.66, and a save percentage of .902 in 318 career regular-season NHL games with the Canucks, Rangers and Tampa Bay.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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