So Drew Doughty finally signed with the Kings. Of course he waited until I left on vacation to do it, but what the heck, beggers can’t be choosers can they?! None the less, the drama is over, and Doughty is along with the Kings on their European trip. It was a well-timed move, as missing the start of camp could have set the team off on the wrong foot to start the day. Interestingly enough, in the end, Doughty is never a more highly paid player than Kopitar on the Kings. Although his cap hit of $7,000,000 surpasses Kopitar’s deal, on a year by year basis, Kopitar remains the highest paid King. It’s an interesting move by Doughty, and I wonder if that was a strategic decision to demonstrate that he didn’t have to “give in” to Doughty’s demands to be the highest paid Kings. Let’s take a look at the deals side by side:
$6.4 million $6 million
$6.5 million $6.5 million
$7.5 million $6.7 million
$7.5 million $7 million
$7.7 million $7.1 million
So in a number of different ways Doughty is less highly paid than Kopitar. His high-end is lower than Kopitar’s, and by the time Doughty gets up to near Kopitar numbers, the Kings will have (hopefully) resigned Kopitar to another deal. In all likelihood, depending on the outcome of the CBA, Kopitar will get paid more than Doughty yet again after the end of the deal.
It’s an interesting twist in the contract negotiations, but it’s one that we can all take a look at with little more than idle curiosity. Since Doughty is back in the fold, we can all finally move on and get ready to cheer a Kings team with real potential to do some damage this season. Go Kings!