Kings signs TJ Tynan to two-year contract extension (AAV: $787,500)

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The Los Angeles Kings announced this morning that the team has signed TJ Tainan on a two-year contract extension, holding a $787,500 AAV at the NHL level through the 2023-24 season. The Tynan contract was reported as a two-way deal in year 1 and a one-way deal in year 2.

Tynan skied two NHL games with the Kings this past season and spent the bulk of his time with AHL’s Ontario Reign, becoming the first player in franchise history to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award. With 84 assists, Tynan was shy of the recent AHL record, which Jason Spezza set again in the 2004-05 campaign.

In addition to being the league’s most valued player, Tynan was a member of the AHL’s first All-Star Team, along with defender Jordan Spence, with Tynan’s regular teammate, Martin Fruke, named to the AHL’s second All-Star Team. At the NHL level, Tynan appeared in 21 career games with the Kings, Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets, scoring one pass with Colorado on November 30, 2019.

Tynan originally signed a one-year contract with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on July 28, 2021, a deal that carried a cap of $750,000 at the NHL level.

Ontario Reigns assistant coach Chris Haggt takes on Tainan after being named player of the year
He is a great leader and a competitor. He takes pride in his profession and how he plays and wants to win. He’s a great teammate. We are all really happy for him. He was such a phenomenal part of our team that he came fresh, fit and in command, and I can’t say enough about what he did. When there are important moments and plays to be made, he makes them and we are grateful to have him on our team. He maintains a high standard and expects that from his teammates and it shows through the way he plays. He wants to be the best player on the ice every night and plays with intensity and passion and that comes and affects his teammates and everyone in the organization.

From the team’s official statement –

Last season, Tynan became the fifth player in AHL history to win consecutive Player of the Year awards and the first to do so since Paul Gardner in 1985-86. In 62 games for the Ontario Reign, Tynan scored 98 points (14-84 = 98) and averaged 1.58 points per game, the highest for any skater over a full AHL season in the last 15 seasons. His 84 assists have also been tied for third place in one season of the AHL.

The 5-8 pound striker, who weighs in at 165 pounds, has gone goalless in two games with the Kings this season. Originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round (66 total) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the 29-year-old striker played in 21 NHL games with the Kings, Colorado Avalanche and Blue Jackets.

Since his professional debut in 2013-2014, Tynan has been the AHL’s top scorer after collecting 446 points (85-361 = 446) in 498 AHL games with the Reign, Colorado Eagles, Chicago Wolves, Cleveland/Lake Erie Monsters, and Springfield Falcons. Twice, he has led the AHL in making assists having collected 84 assists this year and 59 assists in 2018-2019. The AHL All-Star won the Calder Cup three times with the Monsters in 2016, contributing six points (1-5 = 6) in 17 games during the team’s playoff round.

Internationally, the Orland Park, Illinois native has represented the United States twice, most recently at the 2022 IIHF Men’s World Championships where he finished second on Team USA with five assists in six games. He also skated with the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships, scoring four points (1-3 = 4) in six matches.

A producer from the University of Notre Dame, Tynan scored 161 points (54-107) in 164 appearances over four seasons for Fighting Irish. In that period, he was awarded NCAA Tim Taylor (Best College Rookie), CCHA Rookie of the Year, CCHA First All-Star Team, and in 2012-13 helped the program win the CCHA Championship while earning the honors MVP.

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