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Videos- Inside Hockey Features on Drew Doughty/Jake Muzzin And Ryan McDonagh

Scott Oake of Hockey Night in Canada with two Inside Hockey features.

First up is a feature on Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzzin and below a feature on Ryan McDonagh...

 

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Maturity Will Improve Drew Doughty’s Game

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For years, the Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi has compared Doughty’s development to that of the Hall of Famer Ray Bourque. They are two players who, in their draft years, were identified as both supremely talented and clueless about conditioning. Doughty’s nickname was Dough Boy, and Bourque was associated with too much doughnut consumption. Bourque eventually became a chiselled NHL specimen, and one of the great players of his era. But he didn’t win the first of his five Norris trophies until he was 26.

Doughty is fitter than he was, but he can still get better in that area of the game, according to Kings coach Sutter.

“I think when you do all the analytics on athletes, he’s a long ways from being as good as he’s going to be just because of his age,” Sutter said.

“You learn to manage your ice time better; you become a better shot selection guy; you become a better penalty killer. You learn the league better, you learn players on the other teams better, the nuances of star players. You learn how to handle your practice habits, nutrition, what you do on game days. All that stuff. As I say, there’s a big difference between being 25 and 35.”

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Is Drew Doughty The Best Player In The Game?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

On the largest stage, with the world watching, the best hockey player in the Olympic tournament was Drew Doughty.

And through three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs — if the Conn Smythe Trophy was given out today — the most deserving player in the post-season has been Doughty.

Which raises a question never really contemplated before, a matter being discussed informally as the Stanley Cup final is about to begin: Is Drew Doughty now the best player in hockey?

He has never really been in this kind of conversation before, the type normally reserved for Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin, maybe a Jonathan Toews. Doughty’s not the best scorer, he hasn’t won a Norris Trophy, isn’t sure he’ll ever win one. (Which, by the way, makes him angry.) He won’t win the Hart Trophy: Crosby, who had a crummy playoffs in Pittsburgh, will claim the most valuable player award.

But the game is first and foremost about victories. It’s about making plays. It’s about being physical. It’s about seeing people others can’t see. It’s about decision making. It’s about protecting the puck. It’s about not being scored on. It’s about leadership. It’s about adapting to circumstances. It’s about reading the play and the clock.

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Blackhawks force Game 7 in what was not the world’s prettiest game

I might be the only person to think as much, but between WOW Cable going in and out throughout Bob Cole's second-to-last game and perhaps some personal preference...The Chicago Blackhawks most certainly earned their 4-3 win (Game 7 of the Western Conference Final is on Sunday), and Patrick Kane scored two pretty goals...

But I thought the game was an ugly one, with really sloppy defensive mistakes and poor goaltending yielding the vast majority of the game's goals. Did Drew Doughty and Kane have fantastic games? Sure. Did Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick make some highlight-reel saves? Sure. But I saw two prize-fighters stumbling and bumbling their way through a series of missed punches, metaphorically speaking, or more sport-specifically-speaking, some really lazy plays and inattentiveness to detail by both sides.

Whoever is the first team to two goals seems to prevail in this series, and the Hawks were the first to two--and when the Kings were rallying to tie it up 3-3, they looked more like a team too preoccupied with trying to minimize mistakes, like it was overtime, and as such, their lack of urgency bit 'em in the ass.

Lots of players chasing after players and getting way out of position on both sides, some very soft goals against and what is, at this point, a cavalcade of mental mistakes yielding a bunch of goals from sixty to eighty feet out, sent into traffic jams.

This is the best part of the game for me--an openly biased Wings fan:

Otherwise, I saw a lot of sloppy hockey from two mentally and physically exhausted teams, teams that got burned due to puck-chasing and very mediocre goaltending. But that's just me.

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Morning Line

"We know we can't let it go to Game 7. They're a good team in their home arena. They feed off their fans. It's a tough arena to play in. So we need to win [Friday].

"No matter what, this game has to be ours. It's so important for us to advance to the Stanley Cup Final that we win this game. If we give them this game they're going to have so much more life and they're going to be a different team."

-Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings via Helene Elliott of the LA Times where you can read more as Chicago and Los Angeles prepare for game 6.

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Carter, Kings’ depth lead them past Chicago

The Los Angeles Kings aren't exactly painting Picassos this spring, but their ability to rally from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits en route to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last night was less than surprising...

Because, as the Associated Press's recap notes, the Kings have much more depth than those who don't stay up past 10:30 PM Eastern Time might imagine:

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Duncan Keith Or Drew Doughty?

Scott Burnside and Craig Custance of ESPN discuss who is the better defenseman, Keith or Doughty...

BURNSIDE: ... In Game 1, it was Keith ripping a hard shot that deflected off a defender's stick and then the ice before rocketing over Kings netminder Jonathan Quick's shoulder for what would be the game winner. Doughty, meanwhile, led all players in ice time and power play time. Talk about a great battle. Which begs the question: Whom would you take to build a team around?

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman told me during the conference semifinals that when he took the job, one of the first calls he made was to Keith's agent to ensure that Keith wanted to stay with the team long-term. Keith wasn't too concerned about the money but wanted to be sure the team wasn't going to be one-and-done. As Keith told me, when you're done playing, all you'll have are memories, so you might as well have as many memories about winning. So far, so good for both he and the Blackhawks.

CUSTANCE: They're two great players who can change the game with one rush up the ice. You can build a team around either one and you're doing just fine.

While it pains me to pick someone over a fellow Michigan State Spartan, I'd lean toward Doughty if I were building my franchise. In fact, there are not many players in the league I'd want at any position more than Doughty. Maybe Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby. That's about it.

First, it's his age. Keith turns 31 years old in July, which still means he has plenty of good years left since defensemen typically have a longer shelf life in their peak than forwards. But Doughty is just 24. Twenty-four! He's got two Olympic gold medals, a Stanley Cup ring and he hasn't cracked 25 years old yet. It's amazing.

The magic number you hear with defensemen is that it takes a good 300 NHL games to learn how to play defense in this league and he's at 442 already at his age. I had a good chat today with Marian Gaborik about getting to know Doughty since the trade from the Eastern Conference and he raved about his teammate.

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Drew Doughty- The Los Angeles ‘Dodger’

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

"I'm the first to dodge hits," the Los Angeles Kings' most indispensable skater said Wednesday, when the topic of being targeted by the opposition was raised.

"I'm not going to take a hit for no reason. If it's taking a hit to make a play, I'm going to do that, but if I can make the play and then dodge the hit, I'm going to do it every time. I really don't care what anyone says about that."

It's no news to the 24-year-old defenceman that the Anaheim Ducks, who trail their playoff series 2-0 with Game 3 Thursday night at Staples Center, figure their best chance of reversing the tide is to keep pounding away at Doughty, and Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick, in the belief that the punishment will eventually take its toll.

For that reason alone, the extra day off between games was especially welcome for the Kings, whose defensive corps is down a couple of bodies, with veterans Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr both out. Doughty has played just a hair under 60 minutes of the first two games.

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Video- Drew Doughty Injured But Will Travel With The Team

via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Drew Doughty, who did not return after issuing a hit on San Jose’s Tyler Kennedy in the first period of Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks, will travel with the team to Vancouver. Certainly this is not bad news, though the extent and nature of the injury – other than being described as “upper-body” by the team – is not known at this time. More will be learned in Vancouver over the coming days.

The Kings lost to the Sharks 2-1.

 

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Praise For Drew Doughty

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Doughty is one of the primary reasons why they’re as good as they are. One could convincingly argue that he is the least-known great Canadian player in the NHL, someone who plays on the U.S. West Coast and is not much given to talk about himself.

Among NHL defencemen, Doughty – who turned 24 this past Sunday – may have the best hockey instincts of any player currently playing the game. He is a hockey savant, who naturally and instinctively plays the game without fear, the only way to have the impact he does. On average, Doughty plays about four minutes more per night than any other member of the Kings and eats up penalty-killing minutes as well as power-play time.

He is a light-hearted personality off the ice, and popular with his teammates because he has a bit of a goofy streak. But on the ice, is all business. Steve Yzerman, Canada’s Olympic team GM, saw that early and put him on the Olympic team as a 20-year-old back in 2010 and Doughty rewarded that decision by playing big, effective minutes alongside the Chicago Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith. They figure to be the key defence pair again in Sochi, when Canada tries to defend the gold medal they won in Vancouver this coming February.

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Afternoon Line

“I think for the most part the one message that’s really clear from Darryl is we don’t play hockey all the way until June if we’re not going to win. We’re not here to lose.  Even though we’re down three-one, we want to win so bad, and we’re determined to come back in this series. It’s going to be tough. There’s no doubt about that. But we believe we can do that, and we didn’t make it this far for nothing.”

-Drew Doughty of the LA Kings after the morning skate today.  More on the Kings and Blackhawks from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.

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Video- We’ll Let The ‘Razor’ Describe The Hit By Doughty

Daryl Reaugh, the color analyst for the Dallas Stars, describes the hit from Drew Doughty on Alex Goligoski.

Video via Sportnet,

 

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Video- Hit Of The Day Candidate

Drew Doughty on Pavel Datsyuk this afternoon.

 

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No Charges Against Doughty

from the LA Times,

Citing insufficient evidence, Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file sexual assault charges Wednesday against L.A. Kings player Drew Doughty, who was investigated by Hermosa Beach police in connection with a sexual assault allegation.

The allegations date to March 1, when a 25-year-old woman met Doughty at a bar near the Hermosa Beach Pier. She turned down a proposition from Doughty in front of several teammates, police said.

They took a cab to her home, where she accused Doughty of raping her. The woman reported the incident to police the same day. According the filing declination, the woman told police the two had consensual sex a few months prior to the incident.

She said that during the second incident, Doughty never threatened her, but that he had “intercourse with her against her will.”

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Update On The Doughty Investigation

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Give that we’re near the close of the day, it’s likely that there will not be any resolution today to the Drew Doughty case. Doughty’s attorney, Craig Renetzky, said he expects a decision to be made within the next 48 hours. Doughty has been accused of sexual assault by a 25-year-old woman, but no charges have been filed. Renetzky graciously returned a phone call today and talked about some of the details of the case, starting with the timeline.

Question: It’s been said that the alleged incident took place on March 1. We’re now at June 20. Why so long? Would that be considered normal?

RENETZKY: “It’s just the Hermosa Beach Police Department being incredibly thorough. They’re interviewing any witnesses. They’re crossing every T and dotting every I. They’re doing an amazing job of making sure that their investigation is complete, that they’re not leaving any holes in it. That’s why there has been no rush to judgment in their case.”

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Drew Doughty’s Play Has Been Awsome

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Doughty has a surfer boy’s demeanour when things are going well. He is apt to blurt out just about anything, with every third sentence is punctuated by the word “awesome.”

Goaltender Jonathan Quick is awesome. Head coach Darryl Sutter is awesome. The Kings’ new-found notoriety in Los Angeles is totally awesome.

There is a confident swagger about Doughty, but it is not offensive. More than anything else, it’s his youthful exuberance that comes tumbling out. The way Doughty plays, it’s easy to forget he’s just 22 and, according to Sutter, still learning the ropes, and getting better all the time.

To Doughty, he is now playing hockey “the way I used to play, just kind of carefree, having fun out there. Once I started to have fun out there, that’s when I hit my stride. Now, I’m feeling good.”

For their part, the Devils know they have to attack the Kings defence far better than they did in the opener when the best-of-seven series resumes Saturday. According to New Jersey centre Travis Zajac, the Devils had issues because the Kings defencemen collectively stood up so well, and got a lot of back pressure help from their forwards.

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Did Drew Doughty Deserve An Extra 2 Minutes

Would you have assessed 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct to Drew Doughty?  The call was 2 for interference and don’t forget it was in OT.

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Video- When Time Stopped On The Doughty Goal

from AaronPortzline of Puck-Rakers,

A twitchy finger in Los Angeles may have cost the Blue Jackets at least a point tonight in Staples Center. If the Jackets were battling for a playoff spot, this would be a heartbreaker. Instead, it’s a black mark on the NHL and just another lump in a season full of them.

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored at the end of an intense scramble with only 0.3 seconds remaining, giving Los Angeles a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jackets before a soldout crowd of 18,118. Except the goal shouldn’t have counted.

Replays shown by both Fox Sports Ohio and Fox Sports West, which covers the Kings, show the game clock mysteriously stopping for at least a full second with 1.8 seconds remaining. Had the clock kept running—the puck was still in play, so it should have—the buzzer would have sounded before Doughty dropped to a knee and buried the loose puck.

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Doughty Needs To Find His Offensive Game

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

After posting 59 points in 2009-10, Doughty entered last season as the trendy pick to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman, even though he was only 20 years old. But he was limited to 40 points last season. And though the Kings paid him for his Norris potential – giving him an eight-year, $56 million deal after he sat out of training camp as a restricted free agent – he has only 10 points this season, on pace for only 27 in 77 games.

Teams aren’t stupid. They adjusted to Doughty, and now he has to adjust to them if he is to spark the Kings’ offense.

“Whether it’s on the power play or 5-on-5, it kind of seems like there’s a guy just glued to me at all times,” Doughty said. “It’s frustrating I’m not getting the points I used to, but at the same time, in order to be a good player in this league, I’ve got to find ways to get around that and find different ways to get pucks to the net and make offensive plays.”

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Lars Eller Fined For Hit On Doughty

... here is the hit.

A little late in my opinion, not sure why it took so long to make this decision.

NEW YORK (December 10, 2011)—Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty in NHL Game No. 372 on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Los Angeles, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 4:48 of the first period. A minor penalty for boarding was assessed on the play.

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Video- Another Push From Behind Hit

Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens gives Drew Doughty of the LA Kings one of those push from behind hits and sends Doughty into the boards.

Eller received two for boarding, should he have received more?  Doughty was fine by the way after about 20 seconds or so.

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Video- Doughty Cross-Check

Drew Doughty received 2 minutes for cross-checking and after the game reports were T.J. Oshie was OK.

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Afternoon Line

“I was cleared to practice with the team and cleared to get some contact in practice. I feel really good. I feel ready to play and almost back to normal. Now it’s just kind of in the hands of the training staff and the coaching staff to put me in.’’

-Drew Doughty of the LA Kings.  More on if Doughty could play tomorrow from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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Doughty Leaves Game Early With Upper-Body Injury

This hit from Zac Rinaldo of the Flyers forced him out of the game tonight after 24 seconds of play.

added 8:36pm, via Helene Elliott tweet,

seven to 10 days is minimum for doughty. again, told NOT head.

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Everyone Wins In The Doughty Deal

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

On the face of it, Drew Doughty finally beat down the Los Angeles Kings, forcing them to accept his terms on a new contract.

But this is a win for the Kings just as it is for Doughty, 21, who agreed to an eight-year deal for an average of $7-million per year late Thursday night. The agreement ended a bitter standoff between Doughty and the Kings, which grew increasingly nasty in the last few weeks when the Kings refused to increase their offer beyond the $6.8-million per year centre Anze Kopitar, 24, is making. Doughty and his agent, Don Meehan, would not take less than $7-million a year.

By giving in to Doughty and Meehan, the Kings secured its most important player, who is already one of the league’s best defencemen, for the next eight years. It reassures a fragile fan base they are serious about winning.

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Kings Reach Verbal Agreement with Drew Doughty

From the LA Kings:

The Los Angeles Kings have reached a verbal agreement with restricted free agent defenseman Drew Doughty on a multi-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced tonight.

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Update 11:24pm ET: From Bob McKenzie’s Twitter

Doughty deal is 8 years at $7M per year.

added 12:40am 9/30/11, from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

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Sounds As If The Kings Are Not Going To Budge On Doughty Offer

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,

Tim Leiweke, president of the Kings’ parent company, AEG, said Monday he supports General Manager Dean Lombardi’s stance in negotiations with unsigned defenseman Drew Doughty and emphasized Lombardi’s offer of an average $6.8 million annually is based solely on allocating dollars to improve the team and maintaining a strong nucleus that will allow the Kings to compete for the Stanley Cup for years to come.

Doughty, a restricted free agent, remains at home in London, Canada, working out with a junior team while the Kings get deeper into training camp and prepare for their season-opening trip to Sweden and Germany.

Leiweke told The Times on Monday that the Kings are not trying to be cheap with Doughty and, in fact, plan to spend up to the salary cap of $64.3 million. But they want room to upgrade their talent before the trading deadline and maneuver in case of injuries, and paying Doughty the $7 million-plus that he’s seeking would change the allocation and budget and have long-term implications.

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Doughty Causing “Crisis” in LA?

From Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com Hockey:

If you want crisis, look to Los Angeles, where the Drew Doughty impasse threatens to cut down a promising Kings’ season before it even begins.

The Kings insist it’s business as usual without their franchise defenseman. They aren’t fooling anyone.

Doughty’s absence hangs over the team like a guillotine.

read on for more plus links to a Q&A about RFAs

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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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All Dean Lombardi On Drew Doughty Holdout

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Question: You’re now in a holdout situation with Doughty. What kind of update can you give about his status and the negotiations?

LOMBARDI: “Obviously we’re very disappointed that he’s not here. I don’t think it’s any secret, what we think of this player and his abilities and what his potential is. So that’s certainly not an issue, as far as the quality of the player or the quality of the person. We hold both to high regard. That said, a couple things. I don’t want to get into the intricacies what we offered, in terms of the minute details. It’s safe to say that, as far as the big picture within the league, we certainly made him an offer that puts him amongst the top defensemen in the league. Then you look at your team. It’s no secret that he would be at the top of our team. Then, thirdly, even thought I think you know how I feel philosophically about paying for potential, it’s part of the system unfortunately. But the third thing that’s critical to us is the allocation. Where we’re at now, we certainly stretched the limit in terms of paying him amongst the top players in the league, paying him appropriately within the team’s salary structure and, most importantly, being able to keep this group together.

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Update 3:48pm ET: ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun on Twitter offers this reminder—

Worth noting that technically speaking, Doughty is not a holdout , he’s an unsigned RFA. Not that Kings fan will feel any better.

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Kings Making News For The Wrong Reason

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Once again, the Kings have managed to put themselves in the middle of one of hockey’s messiest offseason stories. Last year, they dipped their toe into the Ilya Kovalchuk situation and ended up getting stuck in free-agent quicksand for a month. Now it’s Drew Doughty’s contract, a situation they hoped to have resolved more than two months ago. Remember, at one point, the Kings hoped to have Doughty signed prior to the start of the free-agency period, so they knew how much money they could offer Brad Richards in their low-profile attempt to sign Richards. Now, no Richards, no Doughty.

Perhaps that was part of the problem. From their perspective, the Kings went big early, deciding in July that they would be willing to give Doughty a contract equal to — or actually, in total, greater than — the one they gave Anze Kopitar in 2008. They thought that would be enough. By all accounts, it isn’t. Thus the problem. The Kings showed, in July, what they claimed (and still claim) was their best hand, and for two months they have remained adamant that they won’t budge. Other offers have been exchanged, at different levels, but nothing has significantly changed.

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Drew Doughty and Kings Still Negotiating

From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN:

Drew Doughty and the Kings remained at an impasse Wednesday, but that can change with one phone call. Sources told ESPN.com that the Kings won’t pay Doughty more than the $6.8 million Anze Kopitar makes on average per season.

Further, Bob McKenzie of TSN reported late Tuesday night that the Kings won’t do a deal for less than seven years.

In a nutshell, both term and salary remain an issue. But like I said, it just takes one phone call.

continued with updates on Luke Schenn, Zach Bogosian and others

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New Offer For Doughty

via Helene Elliott tweets,

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.

 

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Too Many Top Defensemen

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If you think that determining who the top goalie will be for fantasy teams this season is tough, wait until you attempt to sift through the number of defensemen who have been at or near the top of the scoring race the past couple seasons. I attempted to narrow down this list to five defensemen, but I had waaaay too difficult a time with that. Plus I’d be subjecting myself to far too much criticism from the masses! (By the way, I love the comments… keep ‘em coming.)

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Will Doughty Become A Hold-Out?

via Helene Elliott tweets,

Drew Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, says reports of any deal in place w/Kings are not true. “no not at all. certainly not true.” says Doughty

training every day in London…and that he hasn’t talked to Kings’ Lombardi or Jeff Solomon since mid-July.

Meehan on Doughty/Kings: “we don’t have a deal.” also said comments by advisor Jack Ferreira that Doughty doesn’t want to make a deal were

‘frustrating and disappointing to Drew.’ Ferreira said last month Doughty’s side didn’t want to make deal and he wouldn’t be surprised if

Ferreira had said he wouldn’t be surprised if Doughty becomes a holdout. Camp opens in a month.

Helene happens to be on vacation but wanted to put an end to rumors of Doughty being close to signing.

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Afternoon Line

...Bogosian, like Doughty and Schenn, appears to have a very bright future no matter where he lands. But in a day and age when some general managers are over paying certain players, they seem to be the victims of a little common sense.

-Mike Brophy of Sportsnet where you can read more on the three RFAs.

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The Latest On Drew Doughty

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

The Kings have a long-term offer on the table, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the issue extend into late August, or perhaps even into September. It’s worth noting that Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, also represented Evgeni Nabokov when, in 2002, Nabokov held out before signing a contract with the San Jose Sharks (and then-GM Lombardi) in late October.

As for the current Doughty negotiations, Lombardi said today, “I think it’s fair to say that in the last conversation, we set the parameters, as to where we feel his contract should be. We talked about a number of scenarios, and I guess now it’s their move. They never really responded.”

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Still Working On The Doughty Deal

from E.J. Hradek of NHL.com,

If you’re a Los Angeles Kings fan worried about the slow-moving contract negotiations between dynamic young defenseman Drew Doughty and the team, GM Dean Lombardi has a message for you.
 
“This isn’t a standoff like we’ve been seeing in Washington,” Lombardi said, joking about the current federal government gridlock as a way to find perspective for his efforts to re-sign Doughty. “I’m fairly confident that we’ll be able to get this done.”
 
The Kings boss and Doughty’s representatives (Don Meehan and Mark Guy of Newport Sports Management) have been in communication during the past few days in an effort to move the conversation toward a resolution.
 
“We’ve been talking,” Lombardi said. “We’re trying to hammer it out, but I don’t think I really have a handle on it yet.”

continued

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When it Doesn’t Make Sense… It Doesn’t Make Sense

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Ah, the summertime… bikinis, baseball, hot dogs, humidity, high temps, vacations and ABSURD trade rumors. I realize that the probability of an absurd trade rumor making the rounds is much higher during the months between the start of unrestricted free agency and the opening of training camps, but sometimes I have just got to shake my head and tell you that something isn’t going to happen.

The interesting thing about the rumors that have actually prompted me to sit down and write a blog contradicting them is that they seemingly always revolve around Evgeni Malkin.

 

 

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Richards Happy In LA, Up Next Is Doughty

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Center Mike Richards was still torn about being traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles a month after the surprising deal was done. His perspective changed after he took a stroll along a South Bay beach.

“I started thinking it’s not a bad place to be and not a bad place to start a new career,” he said Wednesday.

Richards, projected to ease the scoring burden carried by top-line center Anze Kopitar, got his new uniform Wednesday in El Segundo and said he looked forward to joining a team that “made a lot of big steps in the last couple years.” The next step for the Kings will be to re-sign restricted free-agent defenseman Drew Doughty, but that doesn’t appear to be imminent.

General Manager Dean Lombardi said he and Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, on Tuesday had their first extended conversation in a while.

“It’s safe to say we’re still having dialogue. Just keep trying to move forward,” Lombardi said. “We’ll be talking again here shortly. … We’re still on track.”

continued

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What Is Doughty’s Signing Number?

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Don Meehan, who teams with Mark Guy in representing Doughty, said Tuesday he hadn’t spoken to the Kings about Doughty since June 23. Meehan said he assumed the Kings were focusing on their trade for Mike Richards and (ultimately futile) pursuit of free agent Brad Richards, but those deals are long done.

It’s believed the Kings are offering up to nine years at more than $6.5 million per year.

“I think he’d be happy to stay if we agree upon terms that are acceptable to him,” Meehan said. “And those are our instructions, to negotiate with L.A. on that basis to secure something that he’d be happy with.”

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said the sides haven’t agreed on term or money. “They both kind of work hand in hand,” he said.

There’s no salary comparison for Doughty, who struggled at times last season but has franchise-player talent. Doughty and Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos, chosen second and first, respectively, in the 2008 entry draft, could create a new tier behind the league-high cap hits of Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin ($9.538 million) and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin ($8.7 million each).

read on...

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Doughty Contract Process Moving Slowly

from Helene Elliott of The Fabulous Forum,

Asked Tuesday if there were anything new regarding his negotiations with Doughty, Lombardi said no, and added this via email:

“I am getting the feeling on Drew that unfortunately this could take a while. As we just saw this past week free agency produces a frenzy for players at all levels. We must be judicious about not getting into this market for our own players. Therefore it is critical with Drew that the dollars reflect a fair rate of return regarding the term of the contract. We must be prepared to do what it takes to get it right.”

Lombardi also said the Kings would match any offer sheet Doughty might sign with another team.

read on

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Kings Make Major Offer To Doughty

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

• Within the past few days, the Kings have made a “major” offer to Drew Doughty’s agent. Lombardi has made two trips to Toronto — location of the office of Don Meehan’s, Doughty’s agent — within the past four weeks, and the Kings would like to get a deal done before the draft, if possible. Lombardi said he is certainly aware of the risk of an offer sheet to Doughty but is not overly concerned.

• The Kings are still in the market for a top-level forward, either through free agency or trade. Lombardi said that even if it was guaranteed that Dustin Penner would have a big season, statistically, the Kings would still seek outside help to improve their scoring numbers, both 5-and-5 and on the power play.

more on the Kings…

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Video- Can You Be Credited With A Big Hit If The Opposition Scores?

If so, Drew Doughty on Daniel Sedin last night.

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Drew Doughty Upset With Non-Call

from ich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

“... Obviously, on that winning goal, I got cross-checked from behind. In a defensive position, there’s not much you can do with a guy cross-checking you from behind. He’s the one who scored the goal, too. In my opinion, it should never have happened, it should never have been a goal…. “

more from Doughty and here is the goal (winning) Doughty is referring discussing…

update 8:43pm, replaced the original video with one of better content…

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Video- Is This A Headshot? Doughty Hit On Hall

Only penalty was Dustin Penner received 2 minutes for roughing.

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Video- Rene Bourque Deserved More Than Two Minutes For Slashing

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Kings Thinking Short-Term With Doughty

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I wrote a few weeks ago that the Kings were drawing up different contract proposals for Doughty’s camp. Talks, as far as I can tell, still haven’t begun, but one thing I was told Friday is that the Kings at this point are leaning toward a short-term deal instead of the multiyear deals you usually see for these young stars; the reason being that the Kings are weary of the uncertainty of the next CBA. I don’t think you can rule out a long-term deal, because, after all, it all depends on the money, but short term is where the Kings are leaning right now.

more topics, most of which were discussed on The Hot Stove last night…

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Looks As If Cole Will Not Be Disciplined For Doughty Hit

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Given the time of day — beyond 4:30 p.m. in the East — it’s highly unlikely that Carolina’s Erik Cole will receive any supplemental discipline for his hit on Drew Doughty last night. Looking at the video clip, it seems clear that the hit was late. The question would be whether it falls into any of the other categories that would qualify it for discipline. Apparently, the league has decided it does not. This morning, I asked Terry Murray whether he had gotten a further look at the hit and what he thought of it.

continue for Murray’s thoughts…

If you missed the announcement earlier, Doughty is out at least a week and the word concussion is being brought up.

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More Work For Colin Campbell

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

More details should emerge later today about the extent of Drew Doughty’s upper-body injury, but in the meantime, it looks like it could be another busy day for Colin Campbell, the NHL’s chief disciplinarian, reviewing videotape and trying to administer the NHL’s new commitment to getting blindside head shots out of the game.

Doughty, the Los Angeles Kings’ defenceman and early-season Norris Trophy favorite, was injured in the opening period of Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on a play that looked enough like Shane Doan’s suspension-worthy hit on Dan Sexton to come under official NHL scrutiny. The league, at least, thought Doan’s blindside hit was suspension-worthy and fell afoul of the new blind-side head-shot rule. Doan’s view was that he was merely taking Sexton’s ice away, and that he’d skated himself into good enough position so that the Anaheim Ducks’ forward could see the contact coming. In Doan’s view, it was a legal check.

Replays of the hit that Hurricanes’ forward Erik Cole delivered on Doughty hit was at the very least late - really late, long after Doughty had given up possession of the puck.

continued and if you missed the hit, watch it here...

added 3:22pm, Reports state Doughty out at least a week but no injury information released.

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