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Kings Sign Anze Kopitar To 8 Year $80 Million Extension

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  • Kings Sign Anze Kopitar To 8 Year $80 Million Extension

    Anze Kopitar agrees to eight-year contract extension with Los Angeles Kings

    The long negotiation is over. Anze Kopitar has finalized an eight-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings.

    The deal is worth $80 million, an NHL source confirmed with on Saturday, and includes a $9 million bonus to be paid July 1 and another $9 million bonus on July 1, 2017. There is a full no-movement clause in the first four years of the contract, a source said, and a modified no-trade clause after that.

    The contract, linking Kopitar to the Kings through 2023-24, wraps up a negotiation that both sides had hoped would get done in the summer and eliminates one of the most high-profile potential unrestricted free agents from the upcoming free-agent class.

    The deal puts Kopitar in line financially with Chicago Blackhawks stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, who signed matching eight-year contracts worth $10.5 million per season in 2014.

    Kopitar, like Toews, is a franchise center who was the engine behind multiple Stanley Cups for his team. In 70 career playoff games, the 28-year-old Slovenia native has 60 points. He has one of the most well-rounded defensive games in the league, finishing third in the Selke Trophy race last season.

    The deal is not without risk, kicking in next season during a time in which the NHL salary cap is stagnating in large part because of a dropping Canadian dollar. The Kings also have a lot of salary on the books, with long-term deals locked in with aging veterans Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Marian Gaborik.

    In 725 career games, the No. 11 overall pick in 2005 has 645 career points.