The Kings and forward Sean Avery have agreed on a one-year contract that will pay him $1.1 million next season and allow them to avoid arbitration.
The deal probably will include a short leash, which Kings officials hope will put an end to Avery's off-ice incidents.
"This isn't like he's getting a clean slate with a new general manager and a new coach," said Dean Lombardi, the Kings' first-year GM. "He's still on double-secret probation."
Avery's last season was marked by controversial moments, beginning with disparaging remarks he made in September about French Canadian players. He was also accused of making a racial slur to Edmonton's Georges Laraque, who is black, although Avery denied making the comment.
The NHL fined Avery for diving during a game, then fined him for comments he made about the original fine.
Other incidents included harsh comments about opposing players and an obscenity-laced tirade directed at Ducks announcer Brian Hayward, antics that his teammates said they were weary of defending.