Kings Extend Captain, Fill Front Office Vacancy
It was a whirlwind morning for the Kings. Not only did they fill their front office vacancy, they signed captain Dustin Brown to an eight-year extension that will keep him through the 2021-22 season.
"It's certainly a hallmark of the stability we're trying to create here," general manager Dean Lombardi said. "Having your captain now under the umbrella is certainly a good feeling."
Also under that umbrella are the following players:
Jeff Carter - signed through 2021-22
Drew Doughty - signed through 2018-19
Anze Kopitar - signed through 2015-16
Jonathan Quick - signed through 2022-23
Robyn Regehr - signed through 2014-15
Mike Richards - signed through 2019-20
Jarret Stoll - signed through 2014-15
Slava Voynov - signed through 2018-19
Justin Williams - signed through 2014-15
The 28-year old Brown was the first Kings captain to hoist the Stanley Cup in 2012. He's amassed 388 points (181 goals, 207 assists) and 452 penalty minutes in 641 regular season games.
As for the previous Kings captain, the Kings yoinked former defenseman Rob Blake from the NHL office of player safety to fill the void created when assistant general manager Ron Hextall left to take the same position with the Philadelphia Flyers.
"It feels fairly familiar obviously spending a lot of time here as a player I'm coming in here in a different role," Blake said. "Great opportunity. I'm very excited to be here."
While Lombardi and Blake had spoken since Blake's retirement in 2010, talks intensified after Hextall's departure. "I thought it was a great opportunity for me," Blake said.
Blake played 20 seasons with the Kings (1990-2001, 2006-2008), the Colorado Avalanche (2001-2006) where he won the Cup in 2001 and the San Jose Sharks (2008-2010). He was captain from 1996-2001 and again from 2007-2008. The six-time All Star also reached the Finals in 1993 with the Kings and won the Norris Trophy in 1998.
Like Hextall, Blake will assist Lombardi in all facets of the Kings hockey operations while also serving as general manager of the Kings AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs.