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With the NHL season opener fast approaching, Drew Doughty is still without a contract with the LA Kings and it looks like a long holdout is possible. The Kings have reportedly received offer sheets from other clubs, and if the two sides can’t reach an agreement soon, his days as a King will be over.
The latest trade rumor on Bleacher Report has the young defenseman heading to Edmonton in a deal with the Oilers. Edmonton is rumored to have put an offer sheet together and the Kings are mulling over their options.
Right now, the Flyers have about $175,000 in cap space.
Among the moves, Holmgren kind of smiled in saying there are ways to do this and the hot rumor of the day was trading Scott Hartnell’s $4.2 million cap hit back to Nashville.
A club source said that the likelihood of a trade seemed “pretty good.”
Bryan McCabe remains unsigned and the stars would really have to align for him to pack his bags at this point.
That’s not to say it’s not going to happen, but he’s settled in South Florida with his family and the kids are in school, so it would need to be a really tempting offer.
A source told ESPN.com that a Western Conference team showed interest within the past week, but it wasn’t something that interested the defenseman. He’s made plenty of money in his career and has nothing to prove to anyone. If he does sign with a club this season, it has to be a super fit for him.
He can count to six and to nine just as quickly as the other defenceman still in Leafs training camp. So there’s no need to beat Keith Aulie over the head with an Easton to remind him he’s in for a battle to retain his starting job on the Leafs blueline. With nine defenceman still in camp, as few as four or five of the starting six jobs are anywhere near settled. Who gets a spot opening night is one of the big stories to be played out over the next 10 days.
Tim Leiweke, president of the Kings’ parent company, AEG, said Monday he supports General Manager Dean Lombardi’s stance in negotiations with unsigned defenseman Drew Doughty and emphasized Lombardi’s offer of an average $6.8 million annually is based solely on allocating dollars to improve the team and maintaining a strong nucleus that will allow the Kings to compete for the Stanley Cup for years to come.