Kings ink Johnson for seven more

Jack Johnson - Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Jack Johnson - Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

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Los Angeles, CA - The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Jack Johnson to a seven-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2017-18 season.

The Los Angeles Times reports Johnson would make $3.5 million the first three years and $5 million in each of the final four seasons of the pact. The deal matches the second-longest in club history. Kings center Anze Kopitar also signed a seven-year extension on October 11, 2008, and former Kings great and Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky signed an eight-year contract in 1988 (after the first year that contract was extended from seven years to nine years).

Johnson's extension was announced following Saturday night's 6-4 win over the Blue Jackets, a game in which Johnson had a trio of assists. He has four goals and 27 helpers this season, his fourth full campaign in the NHL. He has 21 goals and 68 assists over 241 career contests.

"That's great for Jack," said Los Angeles head coach Terry Murray. "He's a young guy that's going to be a great player in this game for a long time, so it's great to get him locked up. Those young defensemen are very hard to find, the guys with skill and talent and ability like that."


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