One of the last remaining links to the Kings’ Stanley Cup championship teams and one of the best players in franchise history is extending his stay in Los Angeles.
Captain Anze Kopitar signed a two-year extension worth $14 million US with L.A. on Thursday. He’s now under contract through the 2025-26 NHL season at an annual salary cap hit of $7 million.
“We’re pleased to have reached an agreement that will keep Anze in Los Angeles as our group takes the next step in competing for a Stanley Cup,” general manager Rob Blake said in a statement. “He is the heart and soul of this team as our captain, and he will continue to play a major role on our club.”
The centre from Slovenia was nearly a point-a-game player and the Kings’ leading scorer this past year at age 35 with 28 goals and 46 assists. His eight-year, $80 million contract is up after next season.
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Kopitar is one of two players remaining from 2012 and 2014 when the Kings won the Cup for the first and second times, along with defenceman Drew Doughty.
Kopitar has played all 17 of his NHL seasons with L.A. He has twice won the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward and recently won his second Lady Byng for gentlemanly conduct.
In 1,384 regular-season and playoff games, he has 1,218 points. He ranks second in Kings history in games, assists and winning goals, third in points and fourth in goals.
Senators sign forward MacEwen to 3-year contract
The Ottawa Senators have agreed to terms on a three-year, $2.325 million contract with forward Zack MacEwen.
The deal carries a $775,000 average annual value.
MacEwen, 26, split time between the Philadelphia Flyers and Kings last season, having been acquired by the Kings ahead of the trade deadline.
MacEwen spent his first three seasons in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks from 2018-2021 after going undrafted.
The Charlottetown native has 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) in 186 career games.
“Zack’s a player with strong character who adds increased physicality to our lineup,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. “He’s a hard-nosed, competitive player who’s a tenacious forechecker and who demonstrates a routine willingness to go to the hard areas.”