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.
The old saying in hockey is 'weather the storm.' I put the notion in their heads that we don't want to weather the storm, we want to push just as hard and matched their work ethic. I thought our guys exceeded that in the first period.
— Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after their loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday