Jake Muzzin agreed to a five-year, $20-million US contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, passing on a chance at free agency to stick with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The Woodstock, ON native has been with the Kings since January of 2010 when he signed as a free agent.
In 132 regular season games with the Kings he has 41 points and 93 penalty minutes.
In 43 career playoff contests he has 15 points and 14 penalty minutes.
He played all 26 games in the run to the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship with the Kings. As a defenseman in the league during that time, he ranked first in goals, second in power play goals, and fifth in points.
Lombardi has stated over and over again how he wants the team that won in 2012 and 2014 to stick together. In 2015, Clifford, Pearson, Toffoli, Nolan, Muzzin, Jones, and Anderoff will be eligible for restricted free agency, Williams, Stoll, Cracknell, Regehr, and Martinez will be eligible for unrestricted free agency and, last but not least, Kopitar is eligible in July to negotiate a new contract.
Muzzin was the first to receive a contract extensions amongst the 12 players. According to capgeek.com, the Kings will only have around twelve million dollars to try and lock down the remaining 11 players.