It’s official. Drew Doughty has ended his holdout, and signed an eight year $56 milllon contract to remain with the Los Angeles Kings. Kings nation can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief, and resume Stanley Cup dreams asap.
There are many theories as to why this holdout took so long. Drew had reportedly been offered $6.8 mil per season, but found that somehow unacceptable. No one is quite sure why the star blueliner so desperately needed that extra $200k tacked on, but so be it.
Perhaps it was just so he could have the distinction of being the highest paid player on the team, but we may never really know.
8 years, $54.4 mil ? Unacceptable. 8 years, $56 mil ? Sign me up ! Okay Drew, sure.
Maybe Anaheim Duck’s forward Bobby Ryan can shed some light on the situation, he had a very similar holdout, with a very similar ending in the 2010 offseason.
Drew will join the team today, and should be on the ice when the Kings take on the Colorado Avalanche in the annual Frozen Fury game at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this weekend.
I am willing to bet that all will soon be forgiven, and there will be many more cheers than boos this weekend in Sin City, and throughout the season.
Welcome back, Drew. Hopefully you won’t put the fans through this again in 2019.
L.A. Kings Insider Rich Hammond has more details, and the intial interview with Drew. Click here to go to L.A. Kings Insider.