Kings center Anze Kopitar not worried about contract talks

Anze Kopitar is entering the final year of his contract with the Kings, and if all goes as expected, he should receive a new deal sooner rather than later. The question is, when? Talks have produced nothing so far, with training camp underway Friday and the regular season set to begin Oct. 7. If he was feeling stressed about playing out the final year of his current deal, with a $6.8-million cap hit for 2015-16, Kopitar wasn’t showing it after his first practice with his teammates.

“You don’t think about it too much,” he said. “I’ve said it all along, it’d be nice if it was done before the season. But if it’s not, it’s really not that big of a deal. There’s still plenty of time left in that regard, too. So, we’ll see what happens.”

Asked if he’s open to continuing negotiations after the season begins, he said, “Actually, I haven’t thought about that yet. I don’t know.”

When asked whether he has an idea of what he would like in his new contract, he said, “We’ve got discussions, obviously. My agent (Pat Brisson) tells me everything that’s going on. There’s my input in there, too. It’s a two-way street.”