June 29, 2018 | 10:28am ET [Updated: 7:00pm ET]



Drew Doughty, defenceman


The Los Angeles Kings and star defenceman Drew Doughty have finalized an eight-year contract extension, as TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta first reported earlier this morning.

Doughty, 28, has one-year remaining on his current contract, which comes with a $7 million salary cap hit, and cannot officially sign his new extension until Sunday.

As first reported today, citing a source close to the situation, Doughty’s deal makes him the highest paid player on the Kings, surpassing captain Anze Kopitar’s $10 million average annual salary.

“Drew Doughty is one of the best defensemen in the world and we are obviously excited to have reached this point in the process in which he has committed to the Kings long-term,” said Kings GM Rob Blake. “This is great news for our organization and our fans and we will comment further once the contract has been signed and formally announced.”

Talks between the Kings and Doughty had gone fairly smoothly.

The 2018 Norris Trophy finalist picked up a career-high 50 assists and 60 points in 82 games with the Kings this past season.