Kings Sign Johnson To Seven-Year Deal, Beat Blue Jackets

Johnson's contract extension is seven years for a reported $30.5 million.

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Kings Vs. Blue Jackets: L.A. Snaps Five-Game Losing Streak With 6-4 Win

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jarret Stoll scored two goals and Jack Johnson collected three assists, as the Los Angeles Kings fended off the Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-4, at Staples Center. Stoll's second goal -- a short-handed marker -- gave the Kings a seemingly comfortable 4-0 lead at the 7:12 mark of the second period. Columbus responded with three straight goals and closed to within 5-4 late in regulation, but Los Angeles held on to snap a five-game losing streak.

Jonathan Quick made 30 saves in the win. Rick Nash lit the lamp twice in the third period for the Blue Jackets, who dropped all four games on their road trip. Mathieu Garon stopped 30 shots.

After the game, the Kings announced the seven-year contract extension for Jack Johnson was official. The deal runs through the 2017-2018 season, and was reported to be worth $30.5 million. The Kings next game is Monday night, as they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Staples Center.

For more Kings news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Jewels From The Crown.

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Report: Kings To Sign Jack Johnson To Seven-Year, $30.5 Million Contract

Before tonight's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Staples Center, reports were swirling that the Los Angeles Kings are on the verge of signing defenseman Jack Johnson to a long-term contract extension. It's not a bad birthday present for Johnson, who turns 24 years old next Thursday. Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reported the contract details:

  • 2011-12: $3.5 million
  • 2012-13: $3.5 million
  • 2013-14: $3.5 million
  • 2014-15: $5 million
  • 2015-16: $5 million
  • 2016-17: $5 million
  • 2017-18: $5 million

The average annual value of the contract, and subsequent salary cap figure, is $4.36 million. Johnson, who was acquired from Carolina before the 2006-2007 season, would have been a restricted free agent this summer. Johnson has four goals this season, and his 24 assists are tied for 10th among NHL defensemen. He is fourth in the NHL with 16 assists on the power play this season, and tied for second with 19 points on with a man advantage.

Johnson had nine points in his previous nine games, entering tonight, and has two assists through two periods tonight against Columbus. The Kings lead 4-1 after two periods. The contract will reportedly be finalized in the next day or two.

For more Kings news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Jewels From The Crown.

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Kings, In Need Of Win, Host Blue Jackets At Staples Center

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings hope to avoid their longest losing streak in over three years this evening as they continue what has so far been a winless homestand at Staples Center versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Kings have struggled defensively over a season-worst five-game slide, including losses in the first four games of an eight-game residency. Los Angeles' skid began with a 6-3 loss in Phoenix and it has since been outscored 17-9 on the homestand.

Jarret Stoll and Kyle Clifford scored the first two goals of Thursday's game versus Nashville, but the Predators scored the next five goals in a 5-2 decision. Jonathan Bernier posted 23 saves in the loss. "It's a big concern that we've given up 23 goals in five games," Kings head coach Terry Murray said. "We haven't been able to get the job done."

The Kings will try to avoid dropping six in a row for the first time since an eight-game slide from Dec. 13-26, 2007 and will look to Anze Kopitar for a solid effort. The forward had two assists in Thursday's loss, giving him 201 in his career, and has eight goals and 16 points in 15 career games versus the Blue Jackets. Jonathan Quick should get the call in net and is 4-4-0 with a 2.02 goals- against average versus the Blue Jackets.

Columbus did post a 5-3 victory in Los Angeles back on Nov. 17, getting two third-period goals from Rick Nash and 33 saves by Steve Mason to snap a three- game series losing streak. Quick made 21 saves in the loss.

Neither Nash or Mason could get Columbus its first victory on its current road trip last night, falling 6-0 in Anaheim. Mason yielded four goals on 24 shots before being replaced by Mathieu Garon in the third period. Garon was dented for two goals on five shots. Columbus is 0-3-0 on a four-game road trip and has lost 10 of its last 11 on the road.

"They capitalized on their power play and we didn't capitalize on ours," said Nash. "Their PK did the job and we couldn't get the job done. You have to work hard, you get good opportunities in this league. You have to play the system right and do the right things if you want to get chances, and tonight we didn't." Nash has 12 goals and 11 assists in 27 career games versus the Kings. Mason is 4-5-0 with a 3.28 GAA in his career versus Los Angeles, while Garon is 4-2-0 with a 2.90 GAA lifetime against the club.

For more Kings news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Jewels From The Crown.

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