MONTREAL -- Popular, hard-working pizza deliveryman and Montreal Canadiens centre Phillip Danault will be spending next season under the Southern California sun.

Danault signed a six-year contract worth a reported $33 mllion U.S. with the L.A. Kings. 

Danault was a vital piece to the Montreal Canadiens miracle run to the Stanley Cup finals this season. He was widely praised for shutting down offensive stars Auston Matthews, Blake Wheeler and Mark Stone.

Danault had five goals and 19 assists in 53 regular season games, and scored one goal and added three assists in 22 playoff games.

Danault said he was a little disappointed by how things ended, but understands the nature of the game.

"I understand that that is part of business," he said. "(I have) very good memories I'll keep of Montreal."