Kings Sign Dustin Brown to Eight-Year Extension

Kings lock up captain Dustin Brown with eight-year extension

7/18/13 in NHL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Kings sign Dustin Brown to eight-year extensionLos Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown was unfortunately a virtual no-show in the 2013 NHL playoffs, registering just four points in 18 games (he racked up 20 points in 20 games during the previous season's playoff run). However, this is still the man who is considered "the heart and soul" of his team. Set to enter the final year of his contract, the Kings knew they had to lock him up long term.

The Kings did just that, signing Brown to an eight-year extension that will keep him in Los Angeles through the 2021-22 season. The deal is reportedly worth a little more than $5.75 million annually.

The 28-year-old Brown has been the Kings' team captain since the beginning of the 2008-09 season, and has spent all nine years of his NHL career in Los Angeles. He has racked up the 12th most points in franchise history while scoring the 10th most goals.

Brown is also a strong physical presence, ranking in the top-3 in hits every season from 2006-07 to 2011-12. He finished eighth in hits last season.

Brown was an integral part of the Kings' Stanley Cup title run in 2012, as he led all postseason performers in goals, assists, plus/minus rating, shorthanded goals, and game-winning goals.

Now having extended Brown's contract, the Kings have locked up most of their core players long term. Brown, Jonathan Quick, Jeff Carter, Drew Doughty, Mike Richards, and Slava Voynov are all signed through the next six years or longer. Leading point scorer Anze Kopitar is signed through the next three seasons, while No. 3 point scorer Justin Williams is signed through the next two.

The Kings have done a nice job in giving themselves the best chance of remaining competitive.
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