LA Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here at the team’s 2012 Stanley Cup Championship celebration
at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography
LOS ANGELES — On January 16, the National Hockey League
got its third $10 million man this season.
Prior to their game against the Ottawa Senators at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 16, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have signed star center Anze Kopitar to an eight-year contract extension, a deal that has a reported average annual value of $10 million per season.
As first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger, Kopitar’s deal is heavily front-loaded, paying him $14 million the first year, $13 million the second year, $12 million the third year and $11 million in the fourth year. After that, he will earn $8 million in each of the next two years followed by $7 million in each of the final two years of the contract.
Dreger also reported that the extension includes a no-movement clause for the first four years of the deal, and a limited no-trade clause for the final four years.
As first reported by ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the contract extension also includes a $9 million bonus, payable on July 1, 2016, and another $9 million bonus, payable on July 1, 2017.
Following their 5-3 collapse against the Senators, Kopitar sat in his dressing room stall, waiting for the local media.
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