Kings, Doughty still at impasse

With physicals done and training camp underway, the focus everywhere this week turns to the ice with the NHL’s exhibition season starting. Well, almost everywhere.

Each day the Drew Doughty contract situation remains unresolved, it becomes a bigger problem for the Los Angeles Kings and overshadows the rebuilt roster headlined by the additions of Mike Richards and Simon Gagne.

I checked in with Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Sunday to see if there was any possibility of a Doughty trade, and he completely shot down the notion. So the ball is in Doughty’s court, where the talented defenseman is weighing a seven-year deal that would be worth $6.8 million per season, says Pierre LeBrun.

We don’t get in the business of telling players what they should and shouldn’t accept when it comes to contract offers, but there has to be some concern with how this entire process has impacted the psyche of Doughty. And how much this could impact the Kings’ pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

2 Responses to Kings, Doughty still at impasse

  1. alpalstewart says:

    they should offer him 100k per point. and let him earn his money for real. 70 points and he can have his 7mil plus, lol

  2. albertateams says:

    The good and bad from the Flames Canucks game last night in vancouver:

    The good

    Hagman came into camp in great shape and looks like a man that has something to prove.

    Backlund looks like he is ready to take the next step.

    Baertschi is such an exciting player, he's one of those players that the puck seems to follow him on the ice.

    Butler looked really solid on the back end not spectacular, but made smart moves with the puck and was defensively responsible.

    Sturm along with Hagman were the two most notable players on the ice.

    Schroder and Jensen both looked good playing against more mature opponents. Jensen in particular looks like he has some really good upside.

    The bad

    Schnieder and Irving the goaltending last night was substandard to say the least both goalies fought the puck and looked uncomfortable in net.

    P3L why did the flames acquire this guy he can hardly skate and wasn't at all impressive in his fight with a career AHLer. This guy has Ivanans written all over him.

    Sloppy play – I know its only preseason but the puck was jumping all over the ice last night. Combining the poor ice conditions and new line combination's there were a lot of miscues.

    This post off TSN's message board, made me laugh: This was just like a playoff game none of the Canucks star players showed up.

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