Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi believes Drew Doughty will play in Los Angeles for a long time, but when the team opened training camp for physicals and fitness testing, the restricted free agent defenseman was absent.
Lombardi spoke with Kings Insider Rich Hammond on Friday, and in their discussion, Lombardi talked about what's next in negotiations between the team and Doughty, and how Doughty's continued absence from training camp will affect the club's next contract offer.
I'm very excited about what happened today. We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel, who he acquired from the Maple Leafs in a trade on Wednesday