After seemingly taking the bulk of the summer off from contract negotiations, the L.A. Kings and Drew Doughty were making some noise late Tuesday with reports of a new offer on the table.
Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reported that Dean Lombardi and the Kings “refined some concepts they previously discussed” and gave Doughty some options to choose from with the duration of the latest proposed deal. According to previous reports on Doughty negotiations, the 21-year old’s camp went on hiatus after receiving the Kings initial long-term offer. If these ‘refined concepts’ carry an option for a shorter term then an end to this stalemate may be in sight.
The good news for Kings fans is that Lombardi intimated that the team’s relationship with Doughty is in good standing, and that they’re expecting a response in a matter of days. Via the Los Angeles Times:
“Everything’s been amicable. We’re waiting to hear back from them. They said they’d get back to us in a day or two. So in terms of distance, I’ll probably have a better handle on that when we hear back.”
Ok, so we’ve seen this ‘puck is in Doughty’s court’ scenario before, but it sounds like the Kings are willing to compromise on a long-term deal in order to get something done. A stop-gap contract? Maybe. At least they’ve abandoned that holdout talk.
Any plans for the Kings future currently involve Doughty as a centrepiece, but it remains to be seen if they’ll be securing him for the long-term now or if we’ll be revisiting this situation again in a couple of years. The question is; will they get something done by the time training camp rolls around in just over two weeks?