Doughty agreed to terms on an eight-year, $88 million contract extension with the Kings on Friday. The Kings clearly didn't want to risk letting Doughty hit the open market as a free agent following the 2018-19 season; they have locked him up with a massive extension that will keep the 2016 Norris Trophy winner in LA through 2026-27. The second overall pick from the 2008 draft will be 36 years old in the final year of his new deal, but there's no reason to believe he won't still be producing at an elite level at that point in his career. The right-handed blueliner enjoyed one of his best seasons as a pro in 2017-18, setting career highs in assists (50) and points (60) while posting an impressive plus-23 rating, and he'll remain a top-tier fantasy option in all formats in 2018-19.
The Kings are said to be preparing a new contract offer for Doughty, whose current deal does not expire until 2019-20, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports. Ever since Doughty arrived at hockey's top level in 2008-09, he's been in the running to earn at least one hockey trophy, award or related distinction in each season. The Kings' 2008 second overall draft pick won the 2016 Norris Trophy, and he's a four-time All-Star participant who's helped his team to the Stanley Cup twice in his career. Typically, only elite players earn the right to have their agent negotiate an extension a year ahead of time, but Doughty certainly fits that profile.
Doughty was announced as a top-three finisher for the Norris Trophy on Thursday. Doughty had a great regular season, scoring 10 goals and 60 points. Unfortunately, his postseason performance wasn't so great. He played in three games -- missing Game 2 after a suspension -- and failed to register a point as his team was swept by the Golden Knights. Nonetheless, Doughty is a Norris finalist for the fourth time in his career, having won the award once in 2015.
Doughty (suspension) is available for Game 3 after serving his one-game ban. Doughty will not only return to the Kings' top pairing, but should also resume his role on the power play, where he tallied 20 points during the regular season while logging 3:09 of ice time. With the 27-year-old back in the fold, Kevin Gravel figures to be the odd man out on the blue line.
Doughty (suspension) will be out of the lineup for Game 2 against Vegas after being suspended one game for an illegal check to Golden Knights' forward William Carrier. With the Kings already down 1-0 in the series, this won't make things any easier for Friday's showdown. Doughty, one of the NHL's top Norris Trophy candidates, scored 10 goals and 60 points while playing all 82 regular season games for the fourth straight year. He will be back in the lineup for Game 3 at home Sunday.
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