Just heard from our source minutes ago. Are you excited? I am excited. The L.A. Kings and Drew Doughty may have an agreement in principle on a long-term deal that may no longer have a NMC provision as a stumbling block. I am told there is also a “back up” 5 year deal in place. Everyone chatted via conference call and it ended well with a happy Drew.

The devil is always in the details so this is not done and I expect both sides will continue to feed the media the work in progress lines, as quite bluntly they should, until the contract is signed. It could take a while still to finish it. Let’s hope that’s only days (and not weeks) away.

Our source has the eyes and ears pointing in the right direction and the stealth one will try to find out the terms. Who knows, if we’re lucky and the timing works out, we may even scoop the dollars and years for you before it hits the rest of the media.

As always, we do it for you and we’ll do our best.

Know tonight that Drew Doughty is one step closer to remaining a Los Angeles King.

Raise your hand to the computer screen. High Five. GO KINGS!