It's Flash Friday! Here are several headlines, with some puck thoughts on each.
FLASH: Late Thursday, the Kings finally signed elite young defenseman Drew Doughty to a new contract. The details: eight years, $56 million, for an annual cap hit of $7 million.
Kings management wasted most of the summer insisting they wouldn't do a new deal with Doughty that exceeded the $6.8 million cap hit of top center Anze Kopitar
. I guess they didn't really mean it.
If they were willing to do this deal, they should've done it in July or August, or even early September. Then, Doughty wouldn't have to play catch-up after missing the first two weeks of training camp. Too often, the guys who miss camp time end up getting some type of injury as they try to make up for lost time. Maybe that won't happen to Doughty, but the length of these negotiations was a waste of everyone's time.