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What To Pay Anze Kopitar

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

There’s on-ice business and off-ice business. In Los Angeles, nothing is more important than the latter, with the organization trying to win its third Stanley Cup in four years.

This season is a little different, as Dean Lombardi works to solidify the roster while the players work to handle the puck. Two important defencemen — Alec Martinez and Jake Muzzin — are now locked-in long-term. They are trying to find common ground with Justin Williams, the 2014 Conn Smythe Trophy winner. Still to come are negotiations with the likes of Kyle Clifford, Martin Jones, Tanner Pearson, Jarret Stoll, Tyler Toffoli…

And Anze Kopitar.

Kopitar is under contract for one more year at $6.8 million. The Kings can extend him come July 1 (just like Tampa with Steven Stamkos), and he’s just as important to Manhattan Beach as Stamkos is to Clearwater. No one expects this to be a problem, as Kopitar is happy in Los Angeles and the team recognizes his exponential value.

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duhduhduh's avatar

I’m thinking he could maybe name his price.

Posted by duhduhduh on 01/13/15 at 03:46 PM ET

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He could name his price but the Kings are trying to keep a roster together and that takes a bit of sacrifice. I have a feeling they won’t have any trouble keeping Kopitar in the fold.

Justin Williams is a different story. While he has an unbelievable knack for coming up big in the playoffs, he is still a complementary player. If he seeks to be paid like a superstar, I’ll bet the Kings pass. Someone else will foolishly overpay for his services and the Kings will be just fine.

The ultimate goal for the Kings is to be in contention for the cup for the next several years. They are handling things, thus far, to keep that going.

Posted by evileye on 01/13/15 at 04:14 PM ET

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100% correct, evileye.

Never thought Williams was anything special, aside from playoff performance. An effective player, yes, but not a superstar. My guess is they make a fair offer (low-end, but will try to sell Williams on playing for a perennial contender - somewhere in the $3-3.5M range). I’m guessing he will accept, possibly getting an extra year or two thrown in.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 01/13/15 at 05:07 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

They’ll need to go much higher than $3M-$3.5M for Williams…  definitely over $4M, maybe more than $5M.

Kopitar won’t get Toews/Kane money, but he’ll get more than $7.5M would be my guess.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/13/15 at 07:35 PM ET

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Williams really drives a lot of the play. He plays equally effectively on any of the top three lines. He can definitely score but it’s his knack for coming up with the puck along the boards that is his biggest asset, imo. I know it’s almost cliche to mention the advanced stats for possession, but there’s a reason why he’s up there amongst the leaders.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 01/13/15 at 08:26 PM ET

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I’m kinda worried about what Kopi might get.  I’m thinking over $8M is probably a starting point.  Hopefully Lombardi can work his magic and sign him to a reasonable contract.

I have a feeling that Williams will be elsewhere with his next contract.  Someone is going to pay him way more money than the Kings can afford.  Especially with guys like Toffoli and Pearson and Jones needing raises soon.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 01/13/15 at 09:37 PM ET

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I thought Williams was the ultimate game 7 lucky charm, no?  I think he’s had a hand in several elimination games. He’s been money in big games. Has to be worth somethin.

Posted by duhduhduh on 01/13/15 at 10:07 PM ET

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