The Los Angeles Kings made the move that was expected all summer on Thursday, signing captain Dustin Brown to a new eight-year contract extension. It’s been an interesting couple of years for the forward, with this deal not always looking like it was something that was going to happen.
Brown was at the center of trade rumors just last year, in 2011-12, leaving his future with the club in some doubt. But if the purpose was to spark him, it certainly did that. His level of play went up, and he was right in the middle of the Kings’ run to their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history.
The 2013 season featured 29 points in 46 games from the captain, including 18 goals. He came in at fifth on the team in points overall, and finished second in goal scoring with those 18, behind only Jeff Carter.
He’s not a superstar by any stretch, but Brown is a solid captain and a source of consistency for the Kings. He’s a guy who will regularly put up 50 or 60 points in a full season, a total which typically includes 20 goals. He also brings the physical element, constantly ranking among the league leaders in hits for a forward.
The deal for Brown is for eight years and will carry a cap hit of $5.875 million. The price tag isn’t actually terrible, considering his combination of offensive ability and physical play. That’s worth money. The gripe that most people have with the contract is the length.
There’s no doubt that eight years for a player like Brown, who isn’t an offensive superstar, may be a bit much. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t a part of the Kings’ core. For a player who’s consistent on offense, impacts the game physically, and that whole ‘being the first man in franchise history to hoist the Cup’, this is a fine deal for Dustin Brown and the Kings.