--In addition to re-signing all three of their unrestricted free agents, the Kings made a big commitment to their future when they reached agreement with goalie Jonathan Quick on a 10-year, $58 million contract extension. Quick would have become an unrestricted free agent next summer, but the Kings didn't want to take any chances. Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy after a brilliant playoff run and also finished second in Vezina Trophy voting. He will make $1.8 million in 2012-13, the final year of his current contract, then get bumped up to $7 million in 2013-14 in the first year of the front-loaded contract.
--Per tradition, each of the Kings players is allowed one full day in the summer with the Stanley Cup, for private and/or public celebrations that usually take place in the players' hometowns. Since only four of the Kings had won the Cup before this year, it's a new experience for most, and the Cup was scheduled to make a new stop early in its tour. After a trip to Russia with Slava Voynov and Andrei Loktionov, the Cup was scheduled to go to Slovenia. Anze Kopitar was the first Slovenian-born player to reach the NHL and is now the country's first native-born Stanley Cup champion.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's a great opportunity for myself, personally, to have the year I've wanted to have as a King. Last year wasn't anywhere near people's expectations, and especially my own. I look forward to having that opportunity to redeem myself further." -- Kings winger Dustin Penner, on re-signing with the Kings.
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