Anze Kopitar and the LA Kings at Crossroads in 2015-16 After Last Year’s Flop

October 5th, 2015 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

DENVER — Anze Kopitar reacts to the question as if politely asking the waiter to send back the steak that is a little undercooked. 

The question: "Some might argue the reason why management may be playing a little hardball with you over contract negotiations is to make you a little more desperate, to make you earn it with a 'prove-it-one-more-time-to-us' season in the final year of your current deal. Your reaction?"

After a couple of seconds to digest the question, Kopitar makes a scrunchy face and sends it back.

"I don't need any extra motivation, just because of my contract," Kopitar told Bleacher Report before a preseason game against Colorado at the Pepsi Center. "I always want to just play and do the very best that I can. But we'll see, I guess, how things pan out. Is it going to get done or when is it going to get done? We'll see. I'm definitely in no rush and not really thinking about it either, because I still have a little bit of time."

As the start to the NHL regular season gets down to single digits in days, the question of whether Kopitar would sign an extension before this, the final yea ...

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