According to report on TSN.ca, Drew Doughty said that he was in "no rush" to sign a new contract with the Los Angeles Kings. However, according to the Los Angeles Times, neither Doughty's camp or Kings new management have discussed a new contract since mid-July. So, no rush to sign? Are you sure about that?
We've past the halfway point of August and still nothing has been signed. The other Kings' restricted free agents have been re-signed for over a month now and even elsewhere, stars like Steven Stamkos and Shea Weber have long since re-signed with their respective teams. The latter is especially important since it was believed that Doughty and his agent would see how much Weber would be awarded in his arbitration case. That was weeks ago. So seriously, what is the holdup?
Drew Doughty says he's in no rush to re-sign but is looking forward to getting this process over with. If he said this in June, it would be one thing. However, with training camp scheduled to begin in less than a month, time (not to mention patience) is wearing very thin. Blame Doughty, blame his agent Don Meehan, blame whoever you want, it doesn't matter at this point. This is a process that has gone on for far too long and, as far as I'm concerned, anything Doughty says now until he signs a new contract will be followed by a succinct "whatever."
There was a report just the other day that said that Doughty was set to receive a new offer for $50 million over seven years. Hopefully that's not the case as Doughty just has not proven that he's worth that much money yet. Of course, if that is a legitamate offer and he signs that or a similar contract, Drew Doughty better earn every dime and play each game like he's a Norris Trophy nominee. Anything short of that will be unacceptable. It's harsh but hey, that's what you get for signing for more money than you're worth.
I don't know where Drew Doughty comes off saying that there's no rush re-signing or that he wants to get this over with. If the latter is the case, he would've signed a contract in the last week of July at the very latest.
Drew Doughty, I like you but you are not worth just over $7 million per year. You had a great 2009-10 campaign but outside of that, there's still a lot of room for improvement, not to mention living up to your true potential.
I said it once and I'll say it again: I don't care to hear any more of this contract drama. Until a contract is actually signed, I don't want to know about it. It's disappointed how selfish Drew Doughty comes off . With the additions of Richards and Gagne, the Kings have proven just how serious they are at making a run at the Stanley Cup. So, why is Drew holding out on something that could be so magnificient?
There's the argument that, as of right now, the los Angeles Kings are only good on paper with their off-season additions. However, in the same breath, as of right now, someone else is only good on paper: Drew Doughty.
So, there you have it, Drew. Come to your senses and sign a new contract or, as much as it pains me to say, pack your bags and leave town. If you're going to act like this, why bother with you? I don't care how good you are. Sooner or later, drama like this lessens the value of any player.