Between both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Los Angeles Kings’ fan bases their have been quite a few disgruntled fans over the past few weeks. All due to the fact that both team’s star free agents, the Lightning’s Steven Stamkos and Kings’ Drew Doughty have taken their time to sign new deals with their respective teams.
However, the waiting for one team is now over. Steven Stamkos and the Lightning came to agreement on a five year deal that will pay Stamkos an averge of $7.5 million dollars over the course of his contract. While Lightning fans rejoice the signing of their young star, this can only serve as a little jab in the side of Kings fans.
Still, most reports say that a contract between the Kings and Doughty will not come anytime soon. Another major event playing into the negotiations could be Shea Weber’s contract with the Nashville Predators. Doughty’s contract may have major similarities to those that Shea Weber agrees to on in Nashville.
Fans have been worried due to the fact that although Doughty is a Restricted Free Agent he is still able to recieve offer sheets from other teams. Given the fact that GM Dean Lombardi will match any offer sheet given to Doughty in a heart beat a team would be foolish to even think about sending an offer sheet Doughty’s way.
Needless to say, the Kings and Doughty will eventually come to agreement on a deal. When exactly will Doughty be siging the dotted line, no one can be sure of that. Will Doughty be the highest paid King, possibly. Will Doughty be locked up for over five years, hopefully. Even with all those questions unanswered two things are certain, Doughty will not get an offer sheet from another team and he will be playing for the Kings next season.