June 2, 2018 | 10:46pm ET
DOUGHTY CONTRACT TALKS “GOING WELL”
Drew Doughty, defenceman
Los Angeles Kings star defenceman Drew Doughty has one-year left on his contract and it appears contract negotiations are moving in the right direction.
Doughty, 28, currently has a salary cap hit of $7 million, though that will jump on his next deal. How high that increase remains to be seen.
During Saturday night’s “Headlines” segment on Hockey Night in Canada during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, Nick Kypreos reported talks were moving ahead and made it seem like an extension is likely.
Doughty, like all other players with one-year left on their deals, cannot officially sign an extension until July 1.
“I’m told that talks are going well,” Kypreos said. “Not to the point where I think he’s going to reset the bar. They understand in L.A. that (Anze) Kopitar is the highest paid at $10 million, but he will not get that much higher than that.”
Kypreos noted Doughty’s contract could come with a salary cap hit of $10.5 million or $11 million.
Meanwhile, the Kings currently have roughly $70.7 million committed to their salary cap next season and will look to add secondary scoring to their lineup.
Kings GM Rob Blake wants to bring in a top-six winger and could explore both the trade route this month and the free agent market in July.