According to Adam Gretz at CBSsports.com, the Los Angeles Kings and Drew Doughty are not close on coming to an agreement on a contract. This situation is very similar to the Luke Schenn saga, but may play out a bit worse or at least with more animosity.
While it is still more than a month away, the article mentioned above discusses the possiblity of a holdout on Doughty's part. Doughty has not received an offer from other teams, likely due to the steep penalty in terms of draft picks.
Many also believe there is a "gentleman's agreement" between the NHL General Managers where they will not "poach" other team's restricted free agents. From a players standpoint, this would be collusion, so this has never been confirmed.
As Mr. Getz points out, there does not seem to be much reason for either side to drag their feet. Doughty is already a Norris Trophy finalist and figures to have a strong career in the NHL.
Adam Getz also breaks down the deals that Keith Yandle and Marc Staal recently signed, which are between $4 million and $5 million annually. Add to that, the Shea Weber arbitration decision at $7.5 million and there you have it.
I am in complete agreement with Getz's thought that the teams will likely come in around $6 million per season. The only complication to that is if you are Luke Schenn, you likely want to wait until that deal is signed before inking yours.
There are still plenty of free agency plots to play out, so I have only presented a few options of a sampling of the players left. If you have any opinions on these or other player's contracts, let us know in the comments section!
Only about one month until camps open, everyone! This is cause to celebrate.
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