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Do The Right Thing Drew

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Drew Doughty and his agent, Don Meehan, are entitled to ask the Kings for as many millions of dollars as their calculators have digits.

They can cite Doughty’s fine rookie season and stellar follow-up, which included an Olympic gold medal and top-three Norris Trophy finish. They can downplay his uneven third season by emphasizing his remarkable mobility, vision and scoring potential.

But sometime soon they must recognize that it’s more important for Doughty to score points on the ice than make points at the bargaining table.

Doughty would have gained more by participating in the first training camp sessions Saturday than he will gain if he ultimately prevails in a senseless battle.

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A) Maybe he doesn’t want to play in LA for 7 years.
B) 6.8 mil a year for what Doughty does is a bargain.
C) Note to self: Elliott appears to be an in-the-bag homer scribe for the Kings.

Doughty would be a FOOL to bend over and sign Lombardi’s ridiculous ‘I’m just like Ken Holland except without all of the success’ offer.  Seriously, who does Lombardi think he is, that a player should take an offer like that, from him, seriously?

What has Lombardi ever done, anywhere anytime ever, to make either Doughty or his agent think for a moment that even if they signed that idiot offer the Kings would be good not just 7 years from now, but even two years from now?

Before Doughty got there and got past his rookie season, the Kings were a worst in the West joke.  That was with the great and mighty Anze Kopitar, He Who Must Make The Most Cash.  Once Doughty became a legit lead defenseman, suddenly the Kings were making the playoffs and finishing each year with 20+ more points.

If Lombardi was a competent NHL GM he’d tell Drew ‘Keeping in mind that every dollar you sign for is a dollar less we can spend on other players to put around you, and that we want to keep you here for at least 7 years, how much will you sign for?

Then, at least, he’d know whether Doughty even wants to be in LA for 7 years.

All he’s doing right now is managing to look like a moron.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 09/18/11 at 06:46 AM ET

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A) Maybe he doesn’t want to play in LA for 7 years.
B) 6.8 mil a year for what Doughty does is a bargain.
C) Note to self: Elliott appears to be an in-the-bag homer scribe for the Kings.

If you read the article you might know why the offer is totally in line. If you knew anything about the CBA an RFA does not control their own destiny.  And, if you had ever read any of Helene’s articles before you would know she isn’t in the bag for the Kings.

Posted by timbits on 09/18/11 at 03:12 PM ET

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If you read the article you might know why the offer is totally in line.

Except Helene uses the pretty goofy ‘cap hit’ line, which you so accommodatingly swallow.  The reason Doughty’s ‘cap hit’ is 4th highest is because many of those other deals have step down years at the end which drop the annualized value.

In terms of, you know, actual money, Doughty’s 6.8 million would barely get him in the top freaking 10.

Again, 6.8 mil a year for Doughty is a freaking bargain.

If you knew anything about the CBA an RFA does not control their own destiny.

Oh?  So if they don’t sign a contract… Bettman sends the police to arrest the player?

Don’t be naive.  No, an RFA does not have the universal freedom of an UFA, hence the difference in the first letter describing their contract situation.  Your statement that an RFA doesn’t control their own destiny is pretty simplistic, though.  Doughty can choose to simply not sign an extension.  He can say ‘Ok, that’s it.  I demand a trade.’  He can give LA the finger and go play in the KHL for a year and completely screw over the Kings.  There are all sorts of things either Doughty or any RFA of his class can do which directly impact their ability to ‘control their destiny’.

And, if you had ever read any of Helene’s articles before you would know she isn’t in the bag for the Kings.

Entirely possible.  Instead of an established case of bias, she might just be engaging in a little willful obtuseness.  Missing the point as badly as Helene has is pretty tough to do unless you’re trying.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 09/18/11 at 03:29 PM ET

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Again, 6.8 mil a year for Doughty is a freaking bargain.

Considering his lackluster play last season, I am not so sure. Also, he shouldn’t get compensated for UFA years for the RFA portion of the contract, unless you take a reduction.

Finally, the Kings should consider signing him to his request and then trade him to Nashville for Shea. Nashville will never be able to sign Shea long term. The Kings might.

Posted by timbits on 09/18/11 at 04:23 PM ET

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Considering his lackluster play last season, I am not so sure.

Well, that’s certainly your right.  Personally, I think any GM in the NHL who could conceivably create the space would pay Doughty 6.8 mil a year to play for him.

Also, he shouldn’t get compensated for UFA years for the RFA portion of the contract, unless you take a reduction.

He should if Lombardi wants to, you know, actually sign the guy.  Hey, Lombardi can just make Doughty a QO at 110 or 115% of what he made last year and retain his rights, if this is actually just about treating an RFA like an RFA.

We’re not talking about some middle 6 forward or #3-4 dman.  We’re talking about a 21 year old who is playing 25+ minutes a night as a legit lead dman in a league where James Wisniewski and Kevin Bieska will make 7 mil and Ehrhoff’s going to make ten million dollars.

IMO the only guys definitively better than Doughty at his position in the whole NHL are Weber, Keith and Lidstrom… and in terms of signing multi-year deals scratch Lidstrom off that list.

Finally, the Kings should consider signing him to his request and then trade him to Nashville for Shea. Nashville will never be able to sign Shea long term. The Kings might.

What in the happy hell makes you think that’s the case?  Why would Weber sign for 6.8 mil a year (since nobody can make any more money than Anze Kopitar)?

That’s nonsense.

LA has to sign Doughty.  They have to.  You cannot be a successful NHL franchise and let franchise caliber players walk out the door.  Nashville has a viable reason for not being able to pay Weber: They’re broke.  If they paid Weber they’d have to have 3 more players on their active roster making the minimum.

LA doesn’t (or at least they shouldn’t) have that excuse.  Not after signing Kopitar, trading for Richards, signing Gagne, and signing Johnson.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 09/19/11 at 07:29 AM ET

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