So here we are on July 13 and two of the biggest names on the restricted free agent market -- Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty -- remain unsigned.
At what point does this turn into a "Fan Hostage Crisis" for Lightning and Kings fans? We were at Day 13 of the Ilya Kovalchuk Wait-and-See a year ago at this time. And we're not sure how many more Twitter rumors LA and Tampa beat writers can take.
Doughty's agent, Don Meehan, told Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times yesterday that he hasn't spoken with Kings GM Dean Lombardi since June 23. Lombardi has obviously been busy adding Mike Richards, courting Brad Richards, re-signing Brad Richardson and dealing away Ryan Smyth since the week of the NHL Draft. But the ball is in the Kings' court to make the next move according to Meehan.
The sticking point is both the length and dollar amount according to Lombardi. It's been reported that the Kings are believed to have offered a nine-year, $65 million deal to Doughty.
But another facet of anyRead More »from Stamkos, Doughty and the hurdles to a blockbuster contract