NHL NOTEBOOK Kings sign Brown to extension

December 30, 2019

first_imgBy Matthew Kredell STAFF WRITER The Kings locked up Dustin Brown to a long-term contract Friday, signing the forward to a six-year extension worth $19.05 million. Brown, who turns 23 next month, could have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The new deal will pay him $3.175 million per season through 2013-14. Brown made his NHL debut for the Kings at 18 years old in 2003-04. He has 36 goals and 51 assists in 202 career games. Around the league Red Wings: Forward Kris Draper, a winner of three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, signed a three-year contract extension that averages $1.6 million per season. The 36-year-old Draper has five goals through the first 10 games of his 14th season with Detroit. Avalanche: Defenseman Jordan Leopold will have wrist surgery and be sidelined about two months. The AP contributed to this notebook. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Dustin is an integral part of what we are building here with the Kings,” General Manager Dean Lombardi said. “We like how he competes, we like his toughness and we are very pleased with how his overall game has developed.” Brown has been one of the more versatile players for the Kings this season, playing on the power play and the penalty kill, as well as providing the toughness on the top scoring line. He has four goals and four assists in 11 games. “The most important thing is that six years provides me some security,” Brown said, “knowing that I’m going to be a King for a while, and that’s what I really wanted.” Just last week there were printed rumors in the Ottawa Sun that the Kings were shopping Brown for a goalie. Those appear to be unfounded, or at least in the past. Brown is making $1.175 million this season, his fourth in the league. He was the 13th selection in the first round by the Kings in 2003. last_img

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