The Los Angeles Kings made two major announcements Thursday, signing captain Dustin Brown to an eight-year extension and naming former player Rob Blake assistant general manager.
According to TSN.ca, Brown’s contract is worth $47 million over eight years, which works out to $5.875 million per season. The 28-year-old forward has a year remaining on a six-year, $19.05 million deal, which is worth $3.175 million per season.
With the extension, Brown will remain a King through the 2021-22 season.
Brown was selected 13th overall by the Kings in the 2003 NHL entry draft and has spent his entire career with the franchise. At age 23 he became the 15th captain in LA history, a role he took on at the beginning of the 2008-09 season.
Brown has developed into a gritty forward who uses a mix of skill and toughness to make an impact on each and every shift. In 641 career games, Brown has 181 goals and 207 assists for 388 points, along with 452 penalty minutes.
In 2012 Brown became the first LA player to ever lift the Stanley Cup and just the second American captain in NHL history to do so.
Brown recorded 20 points in 20 playoff games and would likely have won the Conn Smythe Trophy, if not for the remarkable play of Jonathan Quick.
The Kings now have a solid core group of players signed long-term, many of whom are entering the prime of their careers. Mike Richards is signed through 2019-20, Jeff Carter through 2021-22, Drew Doughty through 2018-19, Slava Voynov through 2018-19, Anze Kopitar through 2015-16 and Jonathan Quick through 2022-23.
Legendary LA blueliner Rob Blake will take over the vacant assistant GM position, according to NHL.com. Blake fills the void left by Ron Hextall, who left the team after seven years to take on a similar role with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Blake, who has spent time working in the NHL’s Player Safety Department will also act as the GM for the Kings’ AHL squad in Manchester (per NHL.com).
The 43-year-old Simcoe, Ontario native was originally drafted 70th overall by the Kings in 1988 and would go on to spend 14 seasons with the Kings during two separate stints.
Blake won the Norris Trophy once and is a member of the Triple Gold club, having won the Stanley Cup (2001 Colorado Avalanche), IIHF World Championship Gold (Canada 1994, 1997) and Olympic Gold (Canada 2002).
This will be Blake’s first job in an NHL front office.
Stats courtesy of NHL.com.
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