So here we are at another off-season where the Kings are waiting on someones decision. This time, it's not a free agent but one of their restricted free agents that is holding out. Why is this team has to go through SOME KIND of drama? This is beginning to be a drag, and in some way, can effect the chemistry of the team.
Now there is no denying the fact that Drew Doughty is an integral part of this franchise, but for this contract dispute to go any longer than it should is quite unfair for not only the Kings, but the fans as well. He hasn't come a long way, really, to be were he's at right now. In his 3 years with the organization, he has accomplish alot for a defenseman.
Here are his numbers with the Kings
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG PCT
2008-09: 81 6 21 27 -17 56 3 13 0 0 1 126 .048
2009-10: 82 16 43 59 20 54 9 22 0 0 5 142 .113
2010-11: 76 11 29 40 13 68 5 10 0 0 3 139 .079
TOTAL: 239 33 93 126 16 178 17 45 0 0 9 407 .081
These are impressive numbers. The trouble is, his second year he posted career high numbers then the numbers went down the following year. I'm not say he DOESN'T deserve a big contract, but wanting to be the highest paid player for the Kings is absurd. My opinion for this, and it's just my observation, being nominated for the Norris Trophy and not winning it bummed him out and put him into a funk that affected his game play. This past season he wasn't nominated so this is one of the reasons he shouldn't be the highest paid King. In my opinion, His worth is 5 years for 30 to 32.5 million. This kind of offer I believe is very reasonable for both sides and if he keeps producing high numbers which gets him more nominations and even winning 1 or 2 Trophies, then they can talk about a contract extension to keep him a King for life. This is my take on the situation, thank you