L.A. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi broke the silence surrounding Drew Doughty’s contract negotiations on Wednesday by essentially saying that the defenseman’s camp has remained silent since the team tabled a long-term offer. The last two weeks have been void of conversation between the two sides, leaving many to wonder if the ‘holdout’ that Kings assistant Jack Ferreira perviously alluded to could become a reality.
Lombardi on the stalled talks, via Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider:
“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.”
Hammond also notes that Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, was Evgeni Nabokov’s representation when the goaltender held out on the San Jose Sharks at the beginning of the 2002 season. Lombardi was GM of the Sharks at the time, so there’s familiarity abound here.
So nothing new to report on Doughty watch as we’ve been sitting in the same place for the last two weeks. More news to come as it’s available.