Barely a couple weeks into their offseason, the Los Angeles Kings have already taken care of their top priority, in signing Slava Voynov to a new contract. Next on their list is trading Jonathan Bernier, followed by a couple of other free agents that they might decide to retain, including maybe Rob Scuderi.
Once all that is taken care of, the Kings should take a long look at an extension for their captain Dustin Brown. Set to become a free agent next summer, there have already been some whispers that the Kings could seek an extension for him this summer. Which would make a ton of sense.
Brown is obviously a player that makes an impact in multiple ways for the Kings. He was one of their most consistent sources of offense, putting in 18 goals in 2013, good for second on the team behind Jeff Carter, eight of which came on the power play. He added another 11 helpers as well.
He was second among forwards in ice time, behind only Anze Kopitar, while providing big minutes on the power play, as well as a health chunk of time on the penalty kill. Obviously you can’t talk about Brown without mentioning what he does in the physical game. He’s one of the toughest players to play against, finishing the shortened regular season with 156 hits.
On top of it all, he’s the captain. Say what you want about his disappointing postseason appearance, he’s a key piece to the success of this team. You very easily could have made a Conn Smythe argument for him when the Kings won the Cup in 2011-12. As far as a price tag, that’s up for some debate. He’s not a top tier offensive player, but is extremely consistent, on top of the defensive side that he brings. Something in between $5-6 million seems about right.
Locking up Brown should be a priority this summer for the Kings, after their other finances are in order. It’s really a no-brainer. He’s a key piece of their offensive success and the captain. He deserves a new contract.