It was announced late Thursday night that the Los Angeles Kings and Drew Doughty have come to an agreement to end the 21-year-old superstar's NHL holdout. The two sides have verbally agreed upon an eight year deal paying Doughty $7 million annually. Both parties should be extremely happy. Drew Doughty will get the big dollars he wanted and deserves. The franchise gets an asset every team in the National Hockey League covets, a franchise defenseman under long-term contract.
With the season set to start next week in Sweden, Doughty said he knew it was time to reach a deal. Here's what Doughty said about his new contract:
"I definitely didn't want to miss that," he said of the start of the season. "This was never in mind, even being out for this long at all, but I knew I had to be there for the start of the season. I missed the boys a lot, and missed being in L.A., and this just felt like time to get it done and I'm really happy and really excited."
"I've been a Kings fan since I was a kid, and I was never thinking about going elsewhere," he said. "I knew it was just a matter of time before it got done. I hope we can win many Stanley Cups in that time, and I'm going to do everything I can to help lead us to that." NHL.com
Now that the contract is signed, the Los Angeles Kings have all the tools in place to represent a Western Conference powerhouse. I, too, believe the Kings will win multiple Stanley Cups and Doughty will have multiple Norris Trophies before this deal expires. Only time will tell...
One thing is for sure, Drew Doughty is a must-start in every fantasy hockey format. If I was in charge a deal would've been reached a long time ago. I love the way this kid plays the game.