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.”
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.
Kings Will Not Bring Back Willie Desjardins
The Los Angeles Kings have informed interim head coach Williw Desjardins that he will not be brought back next season.
According to The Athletic’s Lisa Dillman, the Kings are currently working on a new coaching hire, although nothing is considered to be imminent.
“Today we thanked Willie Desjardins for his effort and dedication while serving as our interim head coach,” Kings general Rob Blake said in a statement.
“We wish Willie and his family nothing but the best going forward. The process for hiring our next head coach is underway and we look forward to conducting a thorough search for the right person to lead our team.”
Kings Activate Jack Campbell
The Los Angeles Kings have activated Jack Campbell from the injured reserve list after he suffered no setbacks during his conditioning stint.
In a corresponding move, the Kings have sent Carl Petersen to the minors, assigning him back to the Ontario Reign in the AHL.
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