General Manager Dean Lombardi, whose philosophy of building through the draft and prizing character provided the foundation of the Kings' Stanley Cup championship last spring, has made a handshake agreement with the organization on a four-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season. The deal, expected to be finalized within days, will be announced at the same time as a long-term agreement with Coach Darryl Sutter, who took over in December 2011 and led the No. 8-seeded Kings on a dominant playoff run.
Those moves, and Lombardi's ability to keep the Cup-winning roster nearly intact while putting the team in good shape for a lower salary cap next season, promise stability to a franchise that has rarely enjoyed such luxury.
"I'm excited about the prospect of continuing my partnership with Darryl as we strive to keep the team among the elite in the NHL," Lombardi said.
Tim Leiweke, the Kings' governor and chief executive of their parent company, AEG, told The Times that Lombar...