On Tuesday, The Los Angeles Kings re-signed one of their better playoff performers, Dwight King, to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million. King scored five postseason goals, four in the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Coyotes, and was a plus-3 rating en route to the Kings' first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
What's so odd about the King signing? Well, the deal is worth $750k per year, a little low for a strong playoff performer but a great signing on both ends—that's not what's weird.
With the King re-sign, Los Angeles returns every player from the 2011-12 Stanley Cup team. They are all under contract, at least.
Is this a classic example of the proverbial, if it's not broken, don't fix it?
This certainly doesn't mean that the same team we saw hoist the cup in June will be the same team that takes the ice in October, considering that the Kings are currently looking at signing Shane Doan and trading backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
What it does show is something seldom seen in sports today—loyalty.
The Kings have made the statement that every piece of that playoff run was valuable. It says, "Do your part and we will do ours."
In an era of big contracts and greener grass, the Los Angeles Kings are the kings of the hockey world, the royalty of loyalty.