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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Kopitar Signs Extension!

Holy shit hell yeah. According to Rich Hammond, Anze Kopitar has signed an extension. Since Hammond's a teasing little bitch he doesn't say the terms, but I imagine it's over 5 years and over $6 million dollars a year. Anyone have a guess as to the terms before the real numbers come in?

This is awesome. It's like waking up to a blowjob on Christmas morning. And this time it's not from my dog.

Super-Expensive Update: TSN has the terms at 7 years/46.8 47.6 million dollars, which averages out to $6.8 million dollars a year. That's a lotta dimp. But hey, Kopitar's worth it. It's less than what Thomas Vanek is getting.

This means the Kings now have Kopitar and Brown locked up for the next 6 years. When was the last time two guys were tied at the hip like those two?

12 comments:

Earl Sleek said...

I'll guess 6 years, $5.8 M, which would be another monster steal by DL.

Ksy92003 said...

It's gotta be at least a 5-year extension; if it were 4 years, that would have Brown's and Kopitar's contract expiring in the same season, which I think DL would try to avoid at all costs. I'm gonna guess 5-years/$25 million.

Connie said...

7 years is unreal!

Chris Kontos said...

7 years! Confirmed. No money disclosed yet, but the Kings have their top line locked in for at least 3 years.

Ksy92003 said...

NHL Network has the deal as a 7-year extension. This is amazing! He really is the face of the franchise, and now it looks like we'll have him well into the mid-2010s.

RudyKelly said...

He just turned 21, so the Kings will have him locked up until he's 29. If Kopitar progresses like he should, he's due to make a ton of money in his next contract too.

Gautham Ganesan said...

Good on DL for locking up the top line. Now if only he could surround them with talent of a higher caliber than Jarret Stoll and Michal Handzus...

Alexander Dubcek said...

Hammond is reporting 7 years/$47.6 million, which leaves an annual cap hit a hair shy of $7.1 million per year. It's a good deal in the sense the Kings aren't paying close to a max contract, and it could be a great deal by the time it's done (or even by the time it kicks in, depending on what kind of a jump Kopitar makes this year) if he starts putting up 40-50 goals and 100-plus points a year, and keeps developing the other parts of his game as well.

Secretly, though, I had been hoping for one of those 15-year deals. Still, I'm going to be wearing my rookie-year Kopitar jersey for many, many years.

Earl Sleek said...

Hammond is reporting 7 years/$47.6 million, which leaves an annual cap hit a hair shy of $7.1 million per year.

Rudy can't type numbers cleanly, so I fixed it. But even so, I think his math is better than yours -- I got it at a $6.8M cap hit annually.

Steal of a deal.

This means the Kings now have Kopitar and Brown locked up for the next 6 years. When was the last time two guys were tied at the hip like those two?

I dunno, earlier this summer, when Getzlaf and Perry got identical 5-year extensions?

Alexander Dubcek said...

But even so, I think his math is better than yours -- I got it at a $6.8M cap hit annually.

Yeah, I just realized looking at the headline again that I had read 47.6 as 49.6, which means this is an even better. It's my reading and not my math that needs work.

But, thinking about it, the Kings will only have $10 million in cap hits tied up in two of their key young leaders for the next several years, which means there's still plenty of room to give Jack Johnson his extension and to get other young players tied up while still having the wiggle room to sign a free agent. It also makes me wonder if we might see a Jack Johnson extension sooner rather than later.

All the same, it makes me a lot more excited about the first puck finally dropping tonight.

Gautham Ganesan said...

Is Kopitar really worth that coin when Thornton is making $7.2 million? If I were DL, I would have pushed for using Getzlaf, a far better player with a Cup ring, as a comp.

jamestobrien said...

Joe Thornton's contract is an obvious "sweetheart" deal. Jumbo Joe signed that to help his team stay cap viable (kind of like Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin's twin contracts).

Even if that price tag is hefty, you can rationalize it as only paying market value for one of the two important contracts of this off-season.

I guess Center Ice will finally let me have an informed opinion of Kopitar :-)