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Jack Johnson Contract Extension

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Jack Johnson to a seven-year contract extension that will carry into the 2017-18 season, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced tonight. 

The seven-year contract matches the second longest in club history.  Kings center Anze Kopitar also signed a seven-year contract extension on Oct. 11, 2008, and former Kings Great/Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky signed an eight-year contract in 1988 (after the first year that contract was extended from seven years to nine years).  Additionally, Kings forward Dustin Brown agreed to a six-year contract extension on Oct. 26, 2007; Kings defenseman/Assistant Captain Matt Greene agreed to a five-year contract extension on Oct. 17, 2008; Kings center Jarret Stoll agreed to a four-year contract extension on Sept. 4, 2008; Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi signed a four-year free agent contract with the Kings on July 2, 2009; Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick signed a three-year contract extension on Oct. 23, 2009; and Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier signed a two-year contract extension on Oct. 4, 2010. 

added 8:59am, Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider with a few questions fro Dean Lombardi regarding the Johnson contract…

Question: It’s a bit unusual, but definitely not unheard of, to get a long-term extension like this done during a season. What led you to the point of getting this done now?

LOMBARDI: “It is unusual, but we’re still very much in a new system. Don’t forget, the object here is to watch these kids develop, and then put all of them within a (salary-cap) number that works. This is something we had been looking at for a while. I think it’s just the nature of the process, if you’re going to get ahead of this and take a realistic shot at keeping your young players together for the long haul. Quite honestly, this has been going on for over a month now. There’s two things that allowed us to pursue this.


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Mr. Fnytelhatt's avatar

Meh, that was a lot of not-really-relevant information. They also, quite possibly “per team policy” (an elegant phrase but still one for the Buzzword Bingo) omitted salary/cap hit.

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 01/09/11 at 05:22 AM ET

datsyukdanglesyou's avatar

Glad to hear this! Big fan of JMFJ, seems like the Kings will be a serious contender for some time to come!

Posted by datsyukdanglesyou on 01/09/11 at 05:24 AM ET


Nice job by the Kings. That is a great signing at a more than reasonable price..actually a bargin. Wish we had him.

Posted by jmiller on 01/09/11 at 02:27 PM ET

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