Rumors have emerged that current Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown may not be captain for very much longer. Brown has been leading the Kings for eight full seasons, which makes him the longest-serving captain in franchise history for LA. A tweet by TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli on Friday made the rumor public and made Kings fans start to worry.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) May 27, 2016
Change is good
Dustin Brown still has six years left on his eight-year, $5.875 million per season contract, so this change will have to sit right with him as he has a long time left with the organization. But a change in captaincy is not the end of the world for a team. LA’s California rivals, San Jose, are the perfect example, recently changing from Joe Thornton, who was last captain in 2013-14, to Joe Pavelski, at the start of this season, and look where the Sharks are now; fighting in the Finals for the right to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in team history.
Brown has hoisted the Cup twice as the Kings captain, in 2012 and 2014, but the Kings have only won one playoff game in the last two seasons, making the captain change almost inevitable; new leadership may spark the Kings back to the Finals again. A potential replacement for Brown is one of the men wearing the ‘A’ for the team right now, Anze Kopitar. Kopitar was second in the regular season this year in the +/- column, with an emphatic +34. His statistics reflect the fact that he can be the next great leader for the Kings, but statistics don’t say it all. If named captain for next season, Kopitar will have to prove his worth by taking the Kings back to a place they are very familiar with, the Stanley Cup Finals.