Can he be dropped to the D league without it effecting that spot on the team???
Hey ClipperJoe - sorry to say: A D League player still occupies a spot on the roster. In other words, of the 15 spots you get, you can choose to send up to 2 players to the D league. So if LAC has 15, and two are injured (EB, Shaun), they only have room for one more inactive player. That's a bit tight. So you would think they'd be careful about signing players they don't need.
In terms of the 3 year deal, that is probably true (Zarrel's source is generally accurate). But I'm sure that at only 1 or 2 years are guaranteed.