Norris Trophy finalist Drew Doughty is looking to land a new, long-term deal with the Los Angeles Kings, and has affirmed his commitment to staying in Los Angeles.
“I always wanted to be an L.A. King and I want to stay an L.A. King,” Doughty said on Friday, according to NHL.com’s Dan Greenspan. “I can’t remember what day we can start talking, but I’m sure we will when the time comes.”
Doughty will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019, and while the Kings can sign him to a new deal at that time, Doughty has made it clear that he looking for more money that Nashville Predators’ P.K Subban makes.
Despite an early exit from the playoffs, Doughty sees big things for the Kings.
“(General manager) Rob Blake and (president of business operations) Luc Robitaille, they took this job because they want to win and they want to transform this team into their winning ways again,” Doughty said. “Whether or not they do a lot in the offseason, I don’t know, but we have these young guys coming up that I think are going to make a difference. I think that shows me how much potential we have in the future and I’m good with it and I’m happy to hopefully re-sign here.”
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Kovalchuk, 36, signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Kings last year following a long stint in the KHL.
Kovalchuk hasn’t been having a good stint in Los Angeles thus far.
Kings’ Todd McLellan Blasts Team Following Brutal Road Trip
Los Angeles Kings’ head coach Todd McLellan is taking his team to task, holding no punches, following their poor performance across a four-game Midwestern road trip.
McLellan placed blame directly on the players as the Kings were dropped to 4-8-0 after Sunday’s loss and were outscored 15-4 in the final three games of the roadtrip.
“The schedule has nothing to do with it because the other teams are playing the exact same amount of games, so let’s clarify that the schedule is not an excuse, certainly for our team,” McLellan said, following their loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
“I think this trip was good, because it let us know that there are some players that probably can’t play in the league right now,” the bench boss added. “So maybe we’ll have to make some changes. There are some veterans that really have to pick up their play. We’ll have to have a chat with them.”
Kings Request Permission To Speak With Todd McLellan
McClellan appears to be the target of the Kings coaching search.
McLellan was fired back in November of this season.
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