August 30, 2011
Kings say they've made "refined" offer to Drew Doughty that gives him different contract lengths to consider. Said they're awaiting a response in a day or two. Said everything has been amicable, will have better idea of where they are when Doughty's side responds.
So what's Doughty's side looking for contractually? Bobby Scribe of Kings blog Surly and Scribe writes it's something of a shorter term:
So, Drew wants 5. He sure as hell doesn't want 9 and has balked at 7. I would prefer 7. Actually, I would prefer as many UFA years taken away as possible, but we will put that on the "want but won't get" list.
Seven million dollar cap hit for 5 years? Stamkos got $7.5 per season ($37.5 total) for 5, right? Some look at Weber's 1 year award as the benchmark but I wonder if Steven Stamkos(notes) (another Don Meehan client) is the measuring stick with which Newport Sports Management wishes to beat Dean Lombardi down.
Beat down the Dirty Harry of NHL general managers? C'mon now.
Quisp of Jewels From The Crown isn't down with five years for Doughty:
Seriously, there is no amount of money that would make a five year deal worth it. I wouldn't do it if Doughty was willing to take $1MM a year for five years. No way I would make Doughty a UFA at 26.
So the dance continues. Puck is back in Doughty's end. Will it be five years or seven years? Or something shorter?