The Los Angeles Kings are making sure their captain is going to be sticking around for a long time.
The team announced on Thursday that it has agreed to terms with forward Dustin Brown on an eight-year contract extension. Terms of the deal were not released by the team, but Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports that it's worth an average annual salary of $5.75 million per season.
Brown is entering the final year of his contract in 2013-14 and will count $3.175 million against the cap this season. It's perhaps one of the best value contracts in the NHL.
The 28-year-old Brown has spent his entire career with the Kings and has become one of the better two-way wingers in the league. He's usually good for about 20-25 goals per season but is also a strong possession player, and he's one of the best players in the league when it comes to drawing penalties. He's a tough player to play against and seems to be the type of guy who everyone wants on their team, but absolutely hates that he isn't.
An eight-year contract at this point in his career is a bit of a risk for the long-term, but he's still one of their best and most valuable players and should be for a few more years. Concerns over the length of the contract aside, the cap hit is still a really good deal for the Kings, especially given what he could have received on the open market next summer.