Fantastic deal. Very happy with it. Also very happy with the commitment to Johnson. Both he and Doughty need to be locked up long term. Very smart decision with not allowing him to leave the Kings. With the youth coming up. Johnson-Doughty will be a permanent pairing in the future regardless of what happens this season.
“Every good army needs a couple of criminals.” - Dean Lombardi
Now get it done with Doughty and we're good to go for a decent stretch.
...Hopefully this should finally end all the conspiracy theories and maybe allow some posters to really rethink a lot of the garbage about Jack, and his intentions, that was thrown around here for awhile. None of it has proven to be true.
__________________ "I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough." - Mark Twain.
oh wow, with all the nonsense that is thrown about, never thought i would read about an extension that long.
Love it for 2 reasons. It shows JJ's heart for the club to take a 7 year deal at what i see as a discount, and shows DL's loyalty to Jack to give him a lengthy contract like that, showing he isnt trade bait
I have been getting pm updates from him for the past few weeks, Matt was all over this one and has been pretty consistent this year in as far as what he does anyone can be. Matt's a solid guy and an asset to our boards in my opinion. Like him or not the guy brings plenty of talk around here and doesn't get half the credit he deserves in my opinion.
Complain about Lombardi's FA signings all you want, but he's building a great core in LA with reasonable deals given to character young players and showing them the commitment that he expects from them in return. JJ is breaking out this year offensively (25 assists so far, those are top NHL defenseman numbers) and is a competitor who turns it up when the games get going. Love this signing, Jack just keeps getting better and when we're in the middle of this contract we'll be loving the fact that he's getting paid well but we don't have to worry about him up and leaving. Something similar for Doughty (who has fallen down to earth this season) would make everything perfect.
Either way, Jack's as untouchable as Kopitar and Brown are now.