On July 28, we told you the following about Drew Doughty’s contract status:
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.
Counting today, July 28 was 14 days ago…or 2 weeks ago.
From Rich Hammond today:
There have been no new discussions in the past two weeks. The Kings have a long-term offer on the table, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the issue extend into late August, or perhaps even into September. It’s worth noting that Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, also represented Evgeni Nabokov(notes) when, in 2002, Nabokov held out before signing a contract with the San Jose Sharks (and then-GM Lombardi) in late October.
As for the current Doughty negotiations, Lombardi said today, “I think it’s fair to say that in the last conversation, we set the parameters, as to where we feel his contract should be. We talked about a number of scenarios, and I guess now it’s their move. They never really responded.”
So, their last discussion was 2 weeks ago…check.
It was about a long-term deal…another check.
According to Lombardi, “we” (referring to Dean Lombardi and Doughty’s agents) set the ”parameters” 2 weeks ago as to where both sides feel his contract should be and they talked about a number of scenarios (all within said parameters no doubt) in this phone conference…parameters…in other words, there was an agreement in principle as to where the contract numbers should fall, typically a range or low to high if you will. That sounds awfully familiar, doesn’t it? Where have we heard that before? Nah, we are just real good guessers. Well, one person thinks so.
If it requires getting religious to get this Drew Doughty contract done, I say we all do it. I am not above praying. I want this behind us so we can wear our smiles the rest of the summer with confidence. Pray with me. Surly, you too. Our Father, who art in heaven…