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It appears Drew Doughty has won his war with the Los Angeles Kings and ended his holdout.
According to TSN, Doughty has signed an eight year deal worth $56 million. According to Los Angeles Kings’ General Manager, Dean Lombardi, he didn’t want to pay Doughty more money than Kings’ star forward Anze Kopitar (unless the contract was worth nine seasons), and it appears he has got it, as Kopitar is to average $6.98 million over the next four seasons.
Is Doughty worth an average of $7 million a season until 202o? I say no. First, I am not a huge fan of long term contracts in a physical sport such as hockey. Too many possible issues can go wrong. Just ask the New York Islanders in their case with Rick DiPietro.
Secondly, Doughty actually had a much better 2010 season than he did 2011. Doughty had 59 points in 2010 compared to 40 in 2011, and was only a +13 in 2011 compared to a +20 in 2010.
Finally, the Kings are stating that Doughty is more valuable to the franchise than Kopitar. I say no, he is not, and agree with Lombardi’s original viewpoint. Kopitar has averaged 77 points over the last two years, and in my opinion, has a better upside by a little bit. You could make the case for Doughty though by arguing that a star defensive prospect is more valuable than a star forward prospect. I guess time will tell.