NHL notebook: Kings, captain Brown agree to 8-year extension
The Kings agreed to an eight-year contract extension with Dustin Brown that will keep the team captain around through the 2021-22 season.
The Kings also announced Thursday that Rob Blake has been hired as an assistant general manager for the team with which he starred for 14 seasons as its career leader in goals, assists and points by a defenseman.
Brown has played his entire nine-year NHL career with the Kings, helping them win their first Stanley Cup in 2012.
Blake replaces Ron Hextall, who is leaving to become assistant GM and director of hockey operations for the Flyers. He spent two stints with the Kings from 1990-2001 and 2006-08, serving as captain for six seasons.
Avs lock up Duchene
The Avalanche agreed to a five-year extension with forward Matt Duchene that will run through the 2018-19 season.
The 22-year-old Duchene is coming off a season in which he dished out a team-leading 26 assists and tied for the team lead with 43 points.
The Avalanche selected the forward No. 3 in the 2009 draft. He has been among the club's top-three scorers in three of his four seasons.
Daly: No schedule until Olympic issue resolved
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday the 2013-14 regular season schedule will not be released until NHL players' involvement in the Sochi Olympics is settled.
There have been talks about allowing NHL players to skate for their countries at a fifth straight Winter Games, but there has not been an announcement from the NHLPA, IOC, IIHF or the NHL.
“There has been no final agreement on the terms of Olympic participation at this point,” Daly told NHL.com. “And unless, or until, there is, the release of the 2013-14 regular-season schedule would be premature.
“Having said that, we hope that a final resolution on both matters can be achieved in the very near future.”
If NHL players go to Russia next February, the league would suspend its regular-season schedule for at least two weeks during competition. The Sochi Olympics run from Feb. 7-23, 2014. The preliminary rounds of hockey begin Feb. 12.