When he came home from the rink, Dustin Brown noticed it the most.
He could see it when he sat down to play with his children — three boys and a girl, ages 4-9. It was the accumulation of losing and wondering where his career was headed that he carried through the front door, whereas normally he left it at the arena.
Brown was in a bad place last season, demoted to the fourth line at one point and part of another playoff-less Kings team under former coach Darryl Sutter. He had his captaincy taken away, then vented his frustration about it on a conference call with reporters.
Brown tried to shelve that when it was time to be a dad, but he knew.