What could Drew Doughty possibly want? It’s becoming increasingly unlikely that the L.A. Kings will have their 21-year old stud defenseman in training camp. Perhaps there’s something to those summer rumblings that had Doughty’s camp pursuing a short-term deal, because he’s not biting on the attraction of a lucrative long-term offer.
According to a report from Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, Doughty has rejected a 9-year offer believed to be worth $61.2 million.
If Kypreos’ tweet from Thursday is accurate then Doughty must be looking for a deal that would dwarf Ilya Kovalchuk’s from last summer. Or maybe he’s just looking to kick back for the first month of the season… or maybe he’s got some Ron Artest-like plans to drop a hip-hop record while his teammates start the season.
Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times noted that Doughty will not be attending Kings’ Fan Fest festivities that are set for Sunday. Elliott added; “it doesn’t appear that an agreement is imminent”.
It’s almost safe to begin tossing “holdout” around when referring to the stalemate between Doughty and the Kings. Training camps are just a week away, and if we’re going to wager on it then we’ll have Drew Doughty chilling at home when his Kings teammates hit the ice.
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