Thursday, June 1, 2017

Imama signs ELC with Kings

The wait is over for Boko Imama.

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the graduating Saint John Sea Dog has signed an entry-level deal with the Los Angeles Kings.
It's been a long wait for Imama. A sixth-round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2015 NHL Draft, Imama was not signed to an ELC by the club. With the June 1 deadline approaching, the Lightning traded the forward's rights to the Kings yesterday in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2018 Draft.

The Kings obviously thought Imama was worth the draft pick, signing him before today's deadline.

The signing means Imama will very likely play in the AHL or ECHL next season. The Kings are affiliated with the Ontario Reign in the AHL and Manchester Monarchs in the ECHL.

Imama had a breakout offensive season with the Sea Dogs this year, recording 41 goals and 14 assists in 66 regular season games. He added eight goals and seven assists in 18 playoff matches. At the Memorial Cup, Imama had a goal and two assists.

Samuel Dove-McFalls, meanwhile, has yet to be signed by the Philadelphia Flyers. If he is not signed, he becomes a free agent. The Flyers could still ink him to a minor league deal, though.

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