Kings still at odds with Drew Doughty over new contract

Defenseman Drew Doughty was not expected to report to the Kings’ El Segundo training facility Friday for the first day of training camp, clouding the start of the season for a team that had finally assembled the scoring power, depth and maturity to contend for the Stanley Cup.

Doughty, a restricted free agent, was home in Canada late Thursday while his agent, Don Meehan, and the Kings remained at odds over a new contract. Meehan said he had received communication from the Kings on Wednesday and replied Thursday after talking to Doughty.

“We’re committed to being engaged in discussions and we’re more than willing to talk,” Meehan said by phone Thursday. “I think the next step is for the Kings to respond to our correspondence.”

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi declined to comment.

Players are scheduled to undergo physical exams and testing Friday and take to the ice Saturday.

Hoping to avoid a contract dispute, Lombardi in July offered Doughty a nine-year deal worth about $6.8 million annually, the same average as first-line center Anze Kopitar. Though acknowledging Doughty’s abundant talent, the Kings don’t want to pay the 21-year-old more on average than they pay the more proven Kopitar. They might have gone higher to secure Doughty well into his unrestricted free-agency years, but Doughty wants a shorter duration and more money.

The Ducks, by contrast, will open camp Friday at Honda Center with everyone on board after right wing Teemu Selanne’s acceptance of a one-year, $4-million contract.,0,5279595.story

8 Responses to Kings still at odds with Drew Doughty over new contract

  1. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    This will make Doughty a tad bit less popular. Young guys should just take what they're offered.

  2. Leafs_Wallace says:

    There has to be something internally wrong in the Kings organization if you routinely can't sell rich young white male athletes on LA life. Lombardi can't land UFAs, hit a roadblock with Cammalleri and now Doughty? LA is a potential contender in a dream market and can't get their best player to commit.  Someone needs to be fired.

  3. FlamingHomer says:

    Don Meehan is an idiot. Greed is one thing but he pushes it to detrimental levels.
    You get your client an extra few hundred grand more by holding out but the player misses training camp and plays like crap for the rest of the year. On the social ladder I put player agents just below child molesters.

  4. reinjosh says:

    I have a feeling this isn't about per year money. According to reports the price is pretty small that they are off by on per year salary. I think its more that Doughty wants a contract that will take him straight to UFA and Lombardi isn't willing to let him do that. Lombardi wants him long term, Doughty does not. 

    One side is going to blink and I have the feeling that Doughty will not conceded to take a 7, 8 or 9 year deal. 
  5. FlamingHomer says:

    My example was just that, an example. Bottom line with the holding out is still about money if he's looking to just get a bridged contract to UFA status. Gambling long term security vs. a possible big payday is not smart.

  6. leafstime says:

    Trade him to the Leafs already. This is taking too long. Just make the deal.

  7. Leafs_Wallace says:

    Meehan vs Lombardi? Plenty of doucheness between the two…

    I'm not a huge fan of Meehan but Doughty and Weber are the two most valuable commodities on the blueline in the league right now.  Doughty may not be Lidstorm but you can't build long term around Doughty.  Doughty is an 8+ million dollar talent and you're complaining about a meaningless training camp? I think it's safe to say Doughty would make the team, camp is for guys battling for a shot, good players get rested for the long haul of the season.

  8. JoelLeafs says:

    Nice banner… That always takes too long to change… Does this site not have an artist on staff?  😉

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