From Nick Kypreos:

Where does LA go next after Doughty rejects multi offers including 9 yrs.61.2M. The 6.8 aav would have matched Kopitar’s as #Kings highest

From James Mirtle:

I’m not going to be surprised in the slightest if Drew Doughty misses the start of training camp…

and

Doughty situation is a bit of a mess from what I’ve heard.

As an aside, Kypreos’ statement about a 9 year, 61.2 million dollar offer sounds right to us - we had heard the same thing (9 years, under $7 million per season to be exact) on August 16 as one of Lombardi’s offers. That is a lot of coin. Kyper also tweeted about multiple offers but he doesn’t expand further so we don’t know if the other one, as far as he knows, is the 7 year, $50 million dollar offer we had heard and reported or something else. Regardless, and no matter where you stand on the Drew Doughty issue, 9 years, $61.2 million dollars for a $6.8 million dollar per season cap hit is beyond fair (absurdly so) to reward Drew for past performance and future potential. Can anyone reasonably dispute that?

Mirtle then tells us that he has heard the Doughty situation is a mess. A mess? Didn’t we just get these quotes from Helene Elliott?

Lombardi said he spoke Monday with Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, and made an offer that “codifies what we’ve been talking about for a while.” Lombardi said the offer includes “different lengths for him to consider,” likely six to eight years.

“Everything’s been amicable. We’re waiting to hear back from them. They said they’d get back to us in a day or two,” Lombardi said. “So in terms of distance, I’ll probably have a better handle on that when we hear back.”

So, Dean did some tweaking of offers, sent them off, and was waiting to hear from Meehan while everything was amicable and now it is a mess?

Helene gave us this today from her the LA Times blog:

Lombardi said Thursday through a team spokesman that he and Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, have agreed not to comment publicly about the negotiations. However, it doesn’t appear that an agreement is imminent.

That is not consistent with what we heard about the deal being done and, on this issue, we defer to Helene. Looks like we were wrong although, in fairness, there is no quote from either Meehan or Lombardi that it is not “imminent.” Rather, that is written more in the form of an opinion, one that is of course informed.

So, that brings us to the question: Would Drew Doughty have to be out of his mind to hold out? In a word, yes.

The offers are public.

Helene gave us the 9 years, $6.5 million per season a while back.

If you completely disregard what we have written about the 7 year, $50 million dollar offer (feel free), you still have a confirmation of the other offer of 9 years, $6.8 million dollars per season according to Kyperos today.

That is Kopitar money.

Public perception will slather Drew with the reputation of a greedy, self-absorbed, me-first prima donna if he holds out with those kinds of numbers on the table. There is no justifying it. “I am leaving it in my agent’s hands” won’t work. If he is mature enough to handle that kind of money, he is mature enough to step up and know when he is being unreasonable or his agent is. The fans will slowly turn on him (that has already started). He hasn’t been low-balled. In fact, you could even call Lombard’s offers generous (read: beyond fair) and you wouldn’t be wrong. This has bad written all over it for Drew today and worse with each passing day after the start of camp.

For those reasons, if you ask me, there is no way Drew is holding out. If there is no deal and the delay is not the result of waiting for the right time (and to the designated person) to announce it, this has become a game of chicken, one that Drew will lose unless Don Meehan blinks first (the irony should not escape you)…and if this has become, in any way, Don Meehan letting his past issues with Dean Lombardi affect these negotiations, he is doing his client a tremendous disservice. Look, by all means, squeeze all the money you can for the benefit of your client. That is, like it or not, in a sports agent’s job description. But, the moment you do so in such a short-sighted manner that you sacrifice your client’s reputation in the process and alienate the fan base and his employer (even with the hope that all will be forgotten and forgiven when it is all done), then you play a dangerous game at your client’s expense. Drew isn’t crazy. Neither is Meehan. They know or should know they have little leverage here based on Dean’s offers and any leverage they have gets less and less after September 17.

GO KINGS!