Christian Ehrhoff signs with the Kings, Phil Kessel thanks Toronto fans, Petr Mrazek faces an important season with the Red Wings and more. 

Christian Ehrhoff signs a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

Christian Ehrhoff signs a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

THE SCORE: The Los Angeles Kings yesterday signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ehrhoff had an offer from the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier this summer, so this contract leaves me wondering how low it was. This new deal is a significant drop in salary for the 33-year-old blueliner, who earned $4 million last season. His concussion history was a significant factor, but so too was the marginal rise in the salary cap ceiling. Given the uncertain future of defenseman Slava Voynov, who’s current serving a 90-day jail sentence for domestic violence, it’s an affordable depth move by the Kings. 

NBC SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel took to Twitter Sunday to thank fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs for their support during his six seasons with the club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A nice gesture by Kessel, though there will undoubtedly be some disgruntled Leafs fans who’ll wonder why it took him several weeks to post that sentiment following his trade. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Petr Mrazek has a golden opportunity to take over as the Red Wings starting goalie this season.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: Forward Dmitrij Jaskin and defenseman Petteri Lindbohm are preparing for bigger roles this season with the St. Louis Blues.

CSNMIDATLANTIC.COM: Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitri Orlov, who missed all of last season to a wrist injury, is healthy and looking forward to 2015-16.