The 28-year-old Danault has never been an offensive force, but his defense has put him in the conversation for the Selke Trophy over the past few seasons. He also has won 54% of his faceoffs in his career.
Danault had five goals and 19 assists in 53 regular-season games for the Montreal Canadiens and one goal and three assists in 22 playoff games last season. He's coming off a three-year, $9.25 million contract. His best season came in 2018-19, when he had 12 goals and 41 assists in 81 games.
The Kings have been out of the playoffs since 2018, amassing one of the deepest collection of prospects in the NHL to go along with the veterans still remaining from their Stanley Cup championship seasons.
For Montreal, the loss of Danault affects the thinnest part of its lineup. The team signed center Cedric Paquette to a one-year deal in an effort to bolster that group.