The Kings are reportedly dealing defenseman Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights for two draft picks, including two second-round selections.

The trade was confirmed by NBC Sports Bay Area and The Hockey News. The Sharks beat writer for the San Jose Mercury News, Paul Gackle, also reported it.

Martinez, 27, is averaging 14 minutes 29 seconds of ice time a game, 11th among NHL defensemen. He has four goals and 26 assists in 60 games.

Martinez, a St. Louis native who was selected by the Kings in the first round, 29th overall, in 2008, is under contract through 2021-22.

The Golden Knights are on a tear. They are 36-16-6 with 54 points in 48 games and are only four points out of first place in the Pacific Division. They haven't been to the playoffs since moving from the city that shares the same name as their team two years ago, but the expansion franchise is trying to prove it's no mirage.

The Kings, meanwhile, have been in complete disarray under new Coach Willie Desjardins, who was hired last month after John Stevens was fired. The club is 28-25-2 with 54 points in 48 games.

They currently have seven defensemen.


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