Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/29/11 at 12:52 PM ET
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.”
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