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Kings, Doughty reach verbal agreement

Posted on: September 29, 2011 11:19 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2011 11:51 pm

By: Adam Gretz

The Drew Doughty holdout is finally over.

The Los Angeles Kings announced on Thursday night that the team and their young standout defenseman have reached a verbal agreement on a new multi-year contract extension. According to TSN's Bob McKenzie it's an eight-year deal worth $7 million per season.

It was reported earlier this month that Doughty had a deal on the table that would have paid him $6.8 million per season, matching the average annual salary that his teammate, Anze Kopitar, currently makes. It also would have made him one of the highest paid defensemen in the NHL.

Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times Tweeted on Thursday evening just before the announcement that the Kings increased the money in their offer, and obviously they did, pushing him up to the $7 million level.

The $7 million cap hit puts him in the top-20 among all NHL players and third among defensemen, trailing only Nashville's Shea Weber and Florida's Brian Campbell.

Doughty, who turns 22 in December, was the Kings first-round pick (third overall) in the 2008 draft and has already played three seasons in the NHL, recording 33 goals and 93 assists in 239 games. He was a finalist for the Norris Trophy in 2009-10, finishing third behind Chicago's Duncan Keith and Washington's Mike Green.

His offensive numbers dropped last season going from 59 points in '09-10 to just 40 points (11 goals and 29 assists) in 2010-11 while appearing in 76 games.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:27 pm
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Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 3:05 pm

Kings, Doughty reach verbal agreement

I actually didn't mean to sound like I was bashing the deal.  I like it.  I think the Kings made a good move doing it.I was meaning more along the lines of.  I don't think he's worth 7 mil right this second, but I think he will be.  I understand how much he's worth right now is debatable.  Thing is I think majority of teams in league would be more then happy to pay him a little more then they think he's worth for a year or two.  If it ment locking him up for the long term.  I love the length of it also.  Like you said.  Signing someone for that long is a risk, but I think in Doughty's case the upside is worth it.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:37 am

Kings, Doughty reach verbal agreement

dust: In light of Stamkos's deal (5 x 7.5), I think it's reasonable. The interesting thing is that DL wanted the LT deal, not DD. While SS was drafted #1, and DD #2, I think that DD has a more difficult skill set to replace. Also, remember that he will be on the ice probably 5 minutes per game more than SS. The length of this contract makes it a gamble, not cap hit in and of itself. I can relate to the comments in general, but DD is not unique here. The extension for the top picks that come up I believe are similar to this (with the possible exception of length) in terms of cap hit %.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 5:57 pm

Kings, Doughty reach verbal agreement

The way he plays right now.  No way I'd wanna give him 7mil a year.  He shows flashes of being one of best d guys in hockey.  Problem is he's not super consistant yet, and I don't feel like he has done enough to deserve that type of contract yet.

That being said.  If he keeps improving.  This could turn out to be one of the best signings in NHL this off season.  To bad we won't know for 5 years or so.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:53 pm

Kings, Doughty reach verbal agreement

Oh, LeCavallier's deal started when he was 28. Doughty's deal will DONE when he's 30. Obviously, I'm hoping you're not right Thor!

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:51 pm

Kings, Doughty reach verbal agreement

@Thor: I hear where you're coming from, but I think this is a good signing... provided that DD continues on with his work ethic. I've been watching NHL games in person for parts of 5 decades now, and I can tell you that DD sees the ice as well as Lidstrom or Bourque in their primes. This is not just another "good defenseman". I'm hoping he will learn to use his talent wisely and avoid putting himself out of position as he has been prone to do b/c he wants or thinks he can make big play. Experience will help do that. $7mil cap hit is actually a smaller % of the in-place cap than when Kopitar signed his deal 3 yrs ago, so the Kings can save face here themselves.

Since: Jul 17, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:49 am

Kings, Doughty reach verbal agreement

Pricey for a 3rd year player let alone a defenceman.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:56 am

Kings, Doughty reach verbal agreement

Wow, If i were The King's GM i would have told this guy to take a hike. An Eric Brewer and a Brooks Orpik for the price of a Drew Doughty? I understand the kid is good... but that's a lot of baggage for a lot of years. Sounds like a Vincent Lecavalier deal.

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