Kopitar will be a free agent after the season, and if you read more of the article, the team and Kopitar are "millions" apart from each other. To add onto that, he will not be negotiating in-season, so with training camp beginning in about two weeks, there is added pressure to get this deal done.

Anze Kopitar is one of the best players in the national hockey league, period. The Los Angeles Kings star's two-way skills, production and two Stanley Cups paint a pretty solid picture of his status among the elites in the league. Those traits should also end up making him one of the best-paid players in the league as he is set to enter the final year of his current contract.

Kopitar will be wrapping up a seven-year, $47.6 million contract at the end of the 2015-16 campaign. His current $6.8 million cap hit should be expected to get a big boost on his next contract. He'll be 29 years old when the next deal kicks in, meaning he should have some really good years left ahead of him. The fact he could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2016, only raises the price.

The Kings surely would like to hang on to their big-time center. But it's going to cost them and it doesn't sound like early negotiations are off to a promising start.

More from Kings Insider, Jon Rosen:

The Kings and Kopitar are are “not even in the ballpark” in their discussions, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi told LA Kings Insider over email when asked whether the two sides were “close” to reaching an agreement.

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