It was reported in late May that Brown would be relieved of the captaincy, so today’s announcement was not unexpected. Kopitar, 28, is about to start an eight-year, $80 million contract extension, while Brown, 31, is coming off a second straight season in which he scored just 11 goals.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi is scheduled to address the media later today. When he does, expect him to be asked about Brown’s future with the club.
Brown is signed through 2021-22 for a cap hit of $5.875 million. His salary next season will be $7 million. Which is to say, even if the Kings wanted to trade him, and even if they were willing to assume part of his contract, they may not find a taker.
And per CapFriendly, this is what a buyout would like:
A couple of tweets from Lombardi’s conference call: