I just talked to Anze Kopitar for a few minutes on the seven-year contract he just signed. Here’s the interview:
Q: What’s your reaction to the contract you signed?
A: I’m really happy with the Kings. The Kings were willing to show the commitment to me. Hopefully, I can (meet) their challenge to have a great team. I’m really looking forward to start this season. I’m really happy to sign the deal.
Q: Was a long-term contract what you were looking for?
A: I was thinking 5-6-7 years. It turned out to be seven years. It’s good. When my deal is up, I’ll still be 29. It’s good that I got it done before the season so I can focus on hockey now and play the way I can and lead the team to a couple of victories for sure.
Q: What was the negotiation process like? Seems like it went smoothly.
A: The Kings were really professional and so was my agent. I think we got together pretty quick. I’m really happy about it.
Q: What do you think about the Kings locking up young guys like you and Brown to long-term contracts?
A: That’s the reason I signed too, because I see a great future in L.A. We got Brownie, Jack and all those young guys locked up. Hopefully, they’ll lock up Jack. We’ve got O’Sullivan for three years. That’s why I signed. I see a bright future in L.A., and I want to be part of it.
Q: Do you think the foundation is in place for a bright future?
A: For sure. I think that’s what it is. I want to be a part of that. It’s really nice to be here in L.A. and I want to stay here.