The Los Angeles Kings save themselves a season long headache by coming to an agreement with Drew Doughty a year early.
Drew Doughty Signs Extension
Going into this season, the final year of Doughty’s current contract the Kings could have been a major issue. They didn’t want to wait to extend before Doughty headed into free agency next summer.
Drew Doughty will ink new deal to remain with the LA Kings through the 2027 season!https://t.co/ExFOstg4DX
— LA Kings (@LAKings) June 29, 2018
With the official announcement, the Kings no longer have to worry.
They now have their significant core of Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, and Jonathan Quick together for the immediate future.
Doughty’s contract can’t be finalized until the signing period starts on July 1st, but some of the tentative details have leaked out. The Kings are reporting it as an 8-year deal reportedly worth $11 million/year taking him to the year 2027. This would make Doughty the highest paid defensemen in the league and the highest paid player on his team.
What this Deal Means for the Kings
General Manager Rob Blake put out a statement:
“Drew Doughty is one of the best defensemen in the world and we are obviously excited to have reached this point in the process in which he has committed to the Kings long-term.”
This kind of deal is almost certain to make Doughty a Kings player for life. The Kings are the only organization he has ever known.
Doughty was drafted in 2008 as the second overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft. He is second to only the great Rob Blake in games played, goals, and points all-time for Kings defensemen.
The London, Canada native has helped the Kings hoist their first two Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014. He has also helped Canada win back-to-back Olympic Gold medals in 2010 and 2014.
Doughty’s leadership and skill is known throughout the league. He has been a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the leagues best defensemen 4 times winning in 2016.
With Doughty and the rest of the core now signed, the Kings can’t make mistakes when it comes to drafting and development.
The strength of this team will all be over thirty-years-old when Doughty turns 30 in late 2019. In a league that covets youth, speed, and skill the future Kings may be long in the tooth.
That doesn’t matter for now. The Kings front office, in the matter of a week, has wrapped up two major priorities this offseason. They signed Ilya Kovalchuk and they’ve avoided a prolonged situation in re-upping Doughty’s contract.
This front office isn’t done yet Kings fans, it should be a great summer.