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Doughty, Kings Progressing On An Extension


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One of the top names already seems destined to be removed from the market. For a time, it was believed that Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty may test the open waters of free agency and could even be the final piece of the championship puzzle for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. However, Doughty has made it clear in recent months that his preference is to remain in L.A. Now, Sportsnet insider Nick Kypreos reports that the two sides are already closing in on an agreement to make that happen. Given that an extension offer cannot even officially be made for another month, this early progress seems to indicate that this deal will get done.


According to Kypreos, the 28-year-old Norris Trophy-winning defender will get a significant raise in his next contract over what is already a considerable cap hit at $7MM. Doughty has gone on the record as saying that he would like to be paid more than Nashville Predators blue liner P.K. Subban, who is currently the highest-paid defenseman in the league at $9MM AAV. Kypreos estimates that Doughty will land somewhere in the $10.5-11MM per year range on a long-term deal, which would make him the new top dog among defenseman ? until Erik Karlsson hits the market.





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Once signed the added clarity is probably good for loosening up the trade market for Dmen, before and during the draft. Next is what happens with Karlsson.


The Rangers need to zero in on trading for a Dman, this draft. Even if he is 20/21 kid that is just about ready, but hasn't seen much if any time in the show. There are a few good candidates that could be had for some combo of our 2nds, 3rds, prospects, or one of our forwards.

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