The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed captain Dustin Brown to an eight-year, $47 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brown, 28, is entering the final year of his six-year, $19.05 million contract, so this new deal will be effective 2014-15. The average annual salary is $5.75 million, though it remains to be seen if that’s a flat rate or if there’s any salary variance. It’s the fourth lengthy contract the Kings have inked one of their players to, joining Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick and Slava Voynov. Jeff Carter and Mike Richards are also on lengthy deals but those were signed with their previous team, the Philadelphia Flyers.
Brown’s been the Kings captain, as well as one of their best players, for several seasons. His all-around play helped them win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup last year, as well as turning the Kings into one of the league’s elite franchises. No surprise, therefore, ownership and management wanted to lock him up for a lengthy deal. They want to keep as much of their core intact as possible over the long haul, of which Brown is a significant part.
Some might quibble over re-signing him to age 36, but evidently that term was as important to Brown as was the dollars, which represents a significant raise over the $3.175 million of his current contract. There is risk in that, of course, for given Brown’s style of play, he might not be as effective in the final three years of that deal as he will be in the opening three-four years of the contract. It’s one, however, the Kings consider worthwhile.