Dustin Brown agrees with the Kings on an eight-year contract extension

The Kings and team captain Dustin Brown agreed Thursday on an eight-season contract extension that will pay him an average of $5.75 million a total of $47 million and keep him in uniform through 2021-22. He has played all of his nine NHL seasons with the Kings and has been the team’s captain since Oct. 8, 2008.

By giving Brown a long-awaited and much-anticipated extension, the Kings took another step toward solidifying their future. Brown and forward Jeff Carter are signed through 2022. Goaltender Jonathan Quick is signed through 2023. Defensemen Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov are signed through 2019. Forward Mike Richards is signed through 2020.

“Whenever you can lock up your captain on an eight-year contract, it says a lot about the way we feel about ‘Brownie,’” Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said during an video interview with radio analyst Daryl Evans.

“You add him to the core of the other top players we now have signed to long-term deals. Having your captain under the umbrella certainly is a good feeling. He’s a classic case of somebody’s who’s grown, not only as a player but as man, every year. When I first got here, it was very difficult to get two words out of him. To see how much he’s grown as a person is as incredible as his game. … He has a passionate caring for this franchise.”

Brown had 18 goals and 11 assists in 46 games during the lockout-shortened 48-game season in 2012-13. He helped the Kings reach the Western Conference finals for the second consecutive season after guiding them to the Stanley Cup in 2011-12.

Brown, 28, has 388 points (181 goals, 207 assists) in 641 career games.

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