Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 7/18/13
The Los Angeles Kings have locked up their future as the team has announced that captain Dustin Brown agreed to an eight-year extension. Brown will remain a King through the 2021-22 season, Kings presidentgeneral manager Dean Lombardi said on Thursday. No terms were disclosed, but according to multiple reports, the deal is worth 47 million. "Every facet of where a player wants to play was in place," said Lombardi, of Brown's extension, on a conference call. Brown had one year left on his current deal and joins nine other Kings who have been signed to long-term deals, including Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Quick, Mike Richards and Jarret Stoll. "Within the cap, we have an opportunity to keep this team together," Brown told the Los Angeles Times. "It's not only our core, but with the guys we have locked up, that's an important reason for our success. We weren't built to win the Cup one year and disappear. It's now all coming into place, and that was a big reason I wanted to stay. We're in a good spot." The move comes on the same day that the Kings announced Rob Blake as assistant GM. Brown, 28, has played his entire nine-year NHL career with the Kings and became the first player in team history to hoist the Stanley Cup when the Kings eliminated the New Jersey Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. He's been the team captain since 2008, the only American-born team captain and youngest to ever wear the "C" in team history. While a member of the Kings, Brown has accumulated 388 points (181-207=388) and 452 penalty minutes in 641 regular season games. Brown ranks eighth in games played, 10th in goals, 17th in assists, 12th in points, seventh in power play goals (69) and tied for seventh in game-winning goals (25). The 6-foot, 212-pound native of Ithaca, N.Y. has also appeared in 50 postseason games with the Kings, recording 31 points. Brown, an NHL All-Star in 2009, was drafted by the Kings in the first round (13th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut in 2003 and at the time, was the fifth youngest player in Kings history to play in the NHL. Internationally, Brown has represented the United States several times, most recently at the 2010 Winter Olympics, where Team USA earned a silver medal. Read more on Brown here.
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