Poni Express rides west to L.A.

Alexei Ponikarovsky is joining the Kings after signing a deal on Tuesday. (QMI Agency/Dave Abel)

Alexei Ponikarovsky is joining the Kings after signing a deal on Tuesday. (QMI Agency/Dave Abel)

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, Last Updated: 7:37 PM ET

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms with left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky on a contract for the next season.

Ponikarovsky had spent his entire NHL career with the Maple Leafs before being dealt to Pittsburgh late last year in the midst of his ninth season. He combined to score 21 goals and added 29 assists in 77 games.

The 30-year-old native of the Ukraine has netted 20 or more goals four times and had his best season in 2008-09 when he compiled 23 goals and 38 assists for 61 points -- each career bests.

Drafted in the fourth round in 1998 by Toronto, Ponikarovsky has amassed 116 goals and 150 assists over 493 career regular-season games. He's added nine points in 34 playoff tilts, including five in 11 games for the Pens last year.

The club made the move for Ponikarovsky just hours after the Kings saw longtime left winger Alexander Frolov sign with the Rangers.


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