Anze Kopitar & Kings Far Apart in Contract Talks

Blame Canada?

Well, this is a terrible follow-up to Anze Kopitar Week.

Kings fans were greeted this morning with some unwelcome news:

All things considered, however, this was not too surprising a development, considering the very uncertain future of the salary cap because of the falling Canadian dollar. Nothing to worry about, right? After all, the Kings have exclusive rights until July 1, 2016 to sign their ace center.

Then more bad tidings rolled in:

My thoughts, transANZElated:

And more bad tidings:

Kopi, you read my mind:

There's no way the Kings let their two-way, two-Cup superstar and undisputed heir to the franchise center lineage of Dionne and Gretzky walk...right?

As unlikely as that seems, one thing seems certain now—fasten your seatbelts, Kings fans, it's going to be a bumpy ride.