Kings' Dean Lombardi says he won't trade rights to Drew Doughty
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said Tuesday he won’t trade the rights to restricted free-agent defenseman Drew Doughty even though they’ve been unable to agree on a new contract.
“There’s no way,” Lombardi said when asked about trading Doughty to break the stalemate.
The Kings have offered Doughty up to nine years at an average annual value of $6.8 million but he indicated he doesn’t want to sign for that long and give up several years of unrestricted free agency. Doughty also rejected offers of six to eight years. He remained home in London, Canada, while the Kings prepared to start exhibition play with a pair of split-squad games against the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday.
Although a five-year deal seems a reasonable compromise, the Kings want to avoid that because it would put Doughty and top-line center Anze Kopitar on the unrestricted free-agent market at the same time. The Kings then might have trouble retaining both players under a salary cap whose formula will be determined in the next collective bargaining agreement. The current labor deal between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Assn. expires next September.
Lombardi also said he had not spoken to Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, on Tuesday.