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Anze Kopitar Contract Talks Not Close

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Anze Kopitar has been eligible to sign a contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings since July 1, but don’t expect an announcement on an extension for the star center in the immediate future.

The Kings and Kopitar are are “not even in the ballpark” in their discussions, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi told LA Kings Insider over email when asked whether the two sides were “close” to reaching an agreement.

Kopitar has one year remaining on the seven-year, $47.6-million contract he signed in September, 2009. The nine-year NHL veteran will be paid $7.7-million in the final season of a contract that carries a $6.8-million cap hit. In 683 career games, Kopitar has 218 goals, 610 points and a plus-45 rating. The two-time Stanley Cup winner was a finalist for the Selke Trophy in each of the last two seasons and was a Lady Byng Memorial Trophy finalist in 2014-15, when he was an NHL All-Star for the third time. In 70 career playoff games, Kopitar has 18 goals, 60 points and a plus-22 rating.

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If he were to hit the open market (he wont) and this was datsyuk’s last year (its not) he would have been a perfect replacement.

Posted by brians neck on 09/01/15 at 01:41 PM ET

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Franzen, Ericsson, Kindl and Smith for Anze.  Get it done!

Posted by Garth on 09/01/15 at 02:30 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Kopitar’s every bit as good, if not better than Toews so he should get the same term and amount as him.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/01/15 at 03:11 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Custance recents tweets- says they are a couple million apart per season and Kopitar won’t negotiate in-season.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/01/15 at 03:13 PM ET

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How do you figure he is better than Toews?

Posted by Pasha1277 on 09/01/15 at 03:34 PM ET

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Well either way, I think we’re still looking at like 6 years and 9 mil per or something

Posted by Pasha1277 on 09/01/15 at 03:35 PM ET

awould's avatar

Kopitar is a rare player.

Posted by awould on 09/01/15 at 03:55 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Overrated.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/01/15 at 04:29 PM ET

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Kopi’s got all the skill in the world. Incredibly strong on the puck, great passer, good shot, very good on D. Not super fast.

I do wish he’d show a little more intensity sometimes, particularly when it comes to shooting opportunities. For a $9 mill a year player, I figure I can quibble.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 09/01/15 at 04:41 PM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

I’m willing to believe most of Quick’s assessment:

http://www.theplayerstribune.com/jonathan-quick-elite-nhl-snipers-part-2/

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 09/01/15 at 05:02 PM ET

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Custance recents tweets- says they are a couple million apart per season and Kopitar won’t negotiate in-season.

- (Posted by Paul)

Well either way, I think we’re still looking at like 6 years and 9 mil per or something

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Iff they’re a couple of million per-year apart I have to think he’s looking for more than $10M per year. I can’t believe that L.A. is seriously thinking they can give him less than $8M considering their salary structure out there

Posted by alwaysaurie on 09/01/15 at 10:28 PM ET

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