LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a multi-year entry-level contract with center Anze Kopitar -- the club’s first-round selection (11th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft -- Kings Senior Vice President/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
“We are aware of Anze’s desire to play at least one more year in Europe this coming season,” said Taylor. “He has a very good development situation in Sodertalje and it is quite probable he will be assigned back to Sweden.”
Hmmm...is it even possible for the rumored 1+3 deal to be done? I thought ALL entry-level contracts HAD to be 3 yrs for anyone under 21.
In the Sports Briefs section of today's (9/7/05) Union Leader, Kopitar's contract is being reported as 3-yrs with a club option for a 4th. Unfortunately this secion of the UL is not available on-line...
The Kings signed forward Anze Kopitar to a multiyear entry-level contract. The two-way deal pays him $765,000 a season if he makes the Kings and $62,500 if he plays at minor league Manchester, N.H. It also includes an $85,000 signing bonus.
Kopitar, the 11th player selected in the August draft, is a 6-foot-2, 212-pound forward, who had 21 goals and 49 points for Sodertalje in the Swedish Junior League last season. He will play for the Kings against the Mighty Ducks, San Jose and Phoenix in a four-team rookie tournament that begins today in San Jose. Kopitar, 18, is expected to return to Sweden to play for Sodertalje this season.