The move keeps Brown in a Kings sweater through the 2021-2022, helping secure the nucleus of the club for at least the next six seasons. Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Slava Voynov, Drew Doughty, and goalie Jonathan Quick are among those key players inked to stick around.
“We weren’t built to win the Cup one year and then disappear,” Brown said. “Now it’s kind of all come into place in the sense that we’re all going to be going through this together.”
“It wasn’t only building it, but trying to keep it together and then fit it under the cap,” Kings GM Dean Lombardi said. “You’re never done. It wasn’t just about becoming a good team. It was doing these type of things so that you could, in the end, build a culture, have an identity.”
The Brown signing indicates just how quickly things can change in the National Hockey League. He was on the trading block at the 2011-2012 deadline and the Kings were trying to move him, but a year later he’s in it for the long haul.
In 46 games during the 2012-2013 regular season, Brown had 29 points (18 goals, 11 assists). That’s about on par for what he’s generally capable of and that’s on par for what the Kings will be getting for nearly $6 million a season. The 28-year-old did hit the 60-point plateau once and he had a stellar playoff performance in the 2011-2012 playoffs when he had 20 points in 20 games on the way to the Stanley Cup victory.
Brown certainly seems to know that he’s got room for improvement, however.
“He freely admits at times during his past season where, as the leader of this team, he’s got to do more,” Lombardi said. “That’s a sign of growth. He’s not there looking (like), ‘Well, I’m the captain, I should be getting all this money, I’m great.’ He’s looking at it and saying, ‘I’ve got to be better here if we’re going to do this again.'”
Interestingly, Brown represented himself in negotiating the contract with the Kings. He spoke with Lombardi in person and over the phone throughout the process.
“I really like the fact that the discussion was as much about the team and the cap and how it works from a team perspective as it was about what he thought he was worth,” Lombardi said. “That shows he’s working with the team.”