When Doughty needs a new contract again later in his career, a 27 or 28-year-old would be able to cash in on a larger contract than a 30-year-old.
Additionally, Doughty is arguably worth more than $6.5 million per year. The five other Norris-nominated defensemen over the past two years are Nicklas Lidstrom, Shea Weber, Zdeno Chara, Duncan Keith and Mike Green.
According to CapGeek.com, Lidstrom's contract is worth $6.2 million per year, Weber $7.5 million, Chara $6.9 million, Keith $5.5 million and Green $5.2 million.
An average $6.5 million salary for the 21-year-old Doughty would pay him just $300,000 more than the 41-year-old Lidstrom.
It is $1.3 million less than Weber's contract, despite Weber being four years older.
Keith's career-long contract brings down his average salary. He is making an average of $7.53 million until age 35, plus he is earning an additional $7.5 million through signing bonuses.
Green's relatively small contract was signed two years before he was a Norris-nominated defenseman.
Looking at these totals, it is not hard to believe Doughty could draw much more than $6.5 million for nine years.
Meehan knows this, which is probably why he isn't accepting the Kings' small offers for Doughty.