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Kings sign captain Dustin Brown to eight-year extension

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Dustin Brown will earn an average of $5.875 million over the next eight years with the Kings. (AP)

Dustin Brown will earn an average of $5.875 million over the next eight years with the Kings. (AP)

By Allan Muir

It’s been a busy day for Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi. Minutes after introducing Rob Blake as the team’s new assistant GM, Lombardi announced that captain Dustin Brown had signed an eight-year contract extension.

Brown, 28, will earn $47 million over the course of the deal for an average annual value of $5.875 million. His current deal runs through the 2013-14 season and carries a bargain cap hit of $3.175 million.

That’s not to say his new contract isn’t a fair deal. He might be overpaid if all that counted was the points he put on the board — he’s a reliable second-tier scorer — but Brown’s value is magnified by his physical presence, his commitment and his leadership.

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  • Published On Jul 18, 2013
  • Los Angeles Kings fail to repeat, but have pieces to contend next season

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    The Kings will have some roster decisions to make on key free agents,  but return plenty of talent to compete next year. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    The Kings will have some roster decisions to make, but will return plenty of talent. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Say this much about the Los Angeles Kings: They went out fighting.

    They scrapped their way back from what had to be a spirit-crushing 2-0 deficit n the first minutes of Game 5. They battled for the equalizer after Patrick Kane scored what looked to be the clincher with just over three minutes remaining in the third. And then they traded punches with the Blackhawks for more than 30 minutes of extra time before Kane drove home the dagger on a gloriously executed two-on-one with Jonathan Toews.

    They fell short of repeating as Stanley Cup champs, but this was a gutsy performance from a team that ends the season knowing it had completely emptied the tank.

    “It’s not easy to repeat, but we came in, we gave ourselves a good chance,” said defenseman Rob Scuderi. “We were stopped here in the Western Conference Finals, but overall I’m pretty proud of the team, especially considering tonight in that early 2-0 hole. It looked like we folded up shop and called it a season to a better team on home ice, but we battled back. We stayed with it, and at least we gave ourselves a chance.”

    The loss ended a streak of six consecutive playoff series victories for the Kings, adding up to 25 postseason wins over the past two years. No one should hang their heads after that. But questions about what went wrong — and what to do about it — are inevitable.

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  • Published On Jun 09, 2013


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