June 29, 2018 | 10:28am ET [Updated: 7:00pm ET]
DOUGHTY, KINGS FINALIZE 8-YEAR EXTENSION
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.
The LA Kings and Drew Doughty are in the process of finalizing an eight-year extension. Expectation right now is the deal, likely making him the highest paid King, will be announced Sunday.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) June 29, 2018
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.