A day after becoming the Kings' first $10-million man, Anze Kopitar packed his own socks in his equipment bag following the team's 3-2 victory over the Ducks at Honda Center. No valets, egos, or pretensions for hockey players.
And for Kopitar, who signed an eight-year, $80-million contract extension on Saturday, there's no escaping jokes about whether he will pick up the check when players gather for a meal. He's fine with that.
"I like these guys," he said with a smile Sunday, "so I'll take them out for dinner."
If there's anyone unlikely to be spoiled by newfound riches it's Kopitar, whose drive to play hockey at its highest level carried him from...