Kings and free agent defenseman Alec Martinez agree on a new contract

The Kings and defenseman Alec Martinez agreed to a new two-season, $2.2-million contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing later this month. The website for the Canadian sports network TSN first reported the agreement late Sunday night. Martinez, 25, played in 27 of 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

Martinez was one of four Kings to file for salary arbitration, which results in a binding decision. He and fellow defenseman Jake Muzzin avoided going to arbitration by agreeing to new deals before their hearings were scheduled for later this month or early next month in Toronto. Muzzin agreed with the Kings on a two-season, $2-million contract last week.

Kings forwards Trevor Lewis and Jordan Nolan also filed for arbitration.

The Kings appear unlikely to re-sign unrestricted left wing Dustin Penner.

Left wing Kyle Clifford is their lone remaining restricted free agent.

Martinez played a regular shift for most of the season but dropped out of the lineup for the final 12 regular-season games as Kings coach Darryl Sutter shuffled his defense pairs after the team acquired Robyn Regehr in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres.

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