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Risk worth reward? Kings have core group locked up long-term

Aug 9, 2013, 8:55 PM EST

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Playoff success has come to the L.A. Kings over the past two years, so it’s not really a surprise general manager Dean Lombardi has locked up the core of the team for the long term.

A quick scan of Capgeek.com shows seven players from the Kings roster are locked into contracts with three or more years remaining on the term. Last month, Lombardi sided over the contract extension of L.A.’s captain Dustin Brown, who signed an eight-year, $47 million deal.

He joins Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov and Jonathan Quick as Kings players on long-term contracts. Of those seven, three will remain in their 20s – their late 20s – when their contracts expire.

All totaled, that is $37.9 million tied up in seven players for next season alone. In 2014-15, Brown’s annual cap hit will actually increase from the $3.175 million of his current contract to $5.875 million when his new deal kicks in.

But their playoff success – a Stanley Cup championship in 2012 and a Western Conference final appearance in 2013 – is the reason Lombardi wanted to keep this group together for more than just one or two winning seasons.

“It wasn’t only building it, but trying to keep it together and then fit it under the cap,” Lombardi told the Canadian Press back on July 18.

“You’re never done. It wasn’t just about becoming a good team. It was doing these type of things so that you could, in the end, build a culture, have an identity.

“You’ve got to really trust the character of your players that they’re inherently competitive and they’re not going to get complacent.

“Whether it’s Doughty or Kopitar or Quick or Richards or Carter and now Browny, I am a 100 per cent that there is not going to be complacency in these kids.”

  1. dadawg77 - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Hmmm… With Detroit gone, maybe the Kings and Hawks could develop more of a rivalry with a battle of two cores.

  2. blomfeld - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    2012 – STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS AND ‘BEST’ TEAM IN THE FREE WORLD !

    2013 – TOOK HOME THE BRONZE MEDAL, FINISHING ‘3RD’ IN A 30 TEAM LEAGUE !

    2014 – WILL RECLAIM ‘THAT’ WHICH IS OURS ! … ‘BEST’ TEAM IN THE FREE WORLD !

    Friends, I’ll have you know that comrade Tucker’s questions about ‘risks being worth the rewards’ etc, are no less misguided than some fisherman asking a bunch of fish if they can swim ? The bottom line is that 2014 will see us LA Kings reclaim ‘that’ which is ours ! … and may God help those teams who are foolish enough to stand in our way !

    GO KINGS GO !!!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!

  3. blackhawks2010 - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Kings have a strong core, just not Hawks strong….

    • zacmelvinmcnutt - Aug 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      They’ve still got a stronger core than most elite NHL teams, these guys are quite a force to be reckoned with in the west

    • namriverrat69 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      This playoff season it was reported that whoever came out of west would be pretty beat up after how physical the first two rounds were. It was prophetic. The Kings were very banged up. No excuses though. Just fact. Next year the Kings will be back wtih a vegence, and with the equalizer Jonathan Quick in net. They will be a more than a match for the Cubs, whenever they play each other.

      The Kings will rule next year hands down. I grew up loving that Chicago team too – always had a soft spot in my heart for Chicago.have going back to my childhood when they had Bobby Orr and Tony Esposito. When I came home from Vietnam I quickly fell in love with my Los Angeles Kings.

      We both have two awesome teams. Unfortunately this year was an anomally. It won’t happen again next year. Winning the Cup for the first time was incredible. It will not be the only time., Next year is our year again followed by the next year and the next. Sorry Chicago. 2nd place is cool for you though. It beats 3rd place..

      GO KINGS GO!!!!!!! LA KINGS RULE!!!!!!!

  4. surfoside4life - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    In Lombardi we trust!

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