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Report: Dustin Brown Removed as Captain of Los Angeles Kings

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Reports out of Los Angeles today said that Dustin Brown, the Los Angeles Kings captain since 2008, has been told that he will no longer be the teams captain. The team is supposedly looking to go in new direction for the teams leader.

After winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014, as well as making the playoffs 5 straight years, from 2009-2014, the Kings missed the playoffs in 2015, and despite winning 48 games, the most in Franchise history, they were eliminated in the first round after losing 5 games to their division rival San Jose Sharks. But only 2 years removed from winning the Stanley Cup and being considered one of the top teams in the league, the Kings have struggled to win consistently, and there have even been questions about the teams leadership, from head coach Darryl Sutter to star players Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, Jeff Carter, and Brown as well.

As for Brown, after becoming a consistent 20 goal scorer, including a 20 goal season in 2008, Brown’s offensive production has dropped off. He put up 18 goals in the shortended season becasue of the NHL lockout, but scored 15 goals in 79 games the following season, which is almost half a goal less per game. His numbers dropped once again in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, only scoring 11 goals in both of those seasons, which set his career low in goals. The hope for Brown, who even though he had success offensively as the captain of two Stanley Cup winning teams, is that by not having to be the main focus of leadership in the locker room, he will be able to find his offensive spark again. Brown signed a 8 year extension worth $47 million in 2013, a deal that runs through 2021. While this deal does not guarantee that Brown will be with the organization for the entirety of the contract, the team moving him to a lesser role in the locker room and allowing him to focus on his offense could be their last effort before looking into a trade or buy out situation.

While no replacement was named for the role of captain, assistant captains Kopitar and Matt Greene, as well as Doughty and Carter all look to be worthy candidates to take over the role. While there is no deadline to announce a teams captain, the team will most likely have a decision before training camps open in September.