On Thursday, the Los Angeles Kings announced they extended forward Trevor Moore to a five-year deal, carrying an average annual value of $4.2 million.
Moore was acquired by the Kings on Feb. 5, 2022, along with one third-round pick and a conditional third-round pick, in exchange for Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford.
Moore joined the team and played 15 games before the league was shut down due to the COVID pandemic. He returned for the COVID-shortened 2020-21 season, exceeded expectations with 23 points in 56 games, and was rewarded with a two-year extension at the end of that season.
Last season was Moore's coming out party. After a slow start to the season, he was promoted to the second line alongside Phil Danault and Viktor Arvidsson. These three would prove to be the Kings' best line and Moore led the team in points after the move. He established himself as a top-six forward and an important part of the team.
He's struggled for production lately but his 200-foot game has remained strong. A solid defensive player and fantastic forechecker, Moore bring a lot to the table.
This is a similar deal to the one Alex Iafallo signed in April of 2021 and I would imagine the Kings have a similar future in mind for Moore. An ideal middle-six forward, he can play anywhere in the lineup and provide value at his AAV.
As the Kings' prospects continue to develop, he can move into a third-line role. Providing experience, 200-foot play and a non-stop motor to his line. He can also deputize in the top six when necessary. Of course, he won't give up his top-six spot easily. A prospect will have to take that role away from him.
A fan favorite as a local kid. Moore's birthplace of Thousand Oaks has become synonymous with the player. You can even see "Thousand Oaks Native Trevor Moore" t-shirts at LA Kings games.
This is a good deal for both team and player. It keeps an effective fan favorite with the organization for the foreseeable future and a reasonable cost.