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Doughty Wants Kings To Make Big Moves During Offseason

Drew Doughty noted during his exit interview for the Los Angeles Kings that it’s time the team make big moves to improve.

The team is already rumored to be interested in going after Jack Eichel if available, but defenseman Drew Doughty is calling for his team to make multiple big moves in order to take advantage of what he seems to believe is a smaller window to win.

During his exit interview to end the 2020-21 NHL regular season, Doughty was extremely honest about what he wants Los Angeles Kings management to do this offseason. Noting it’s time to either make a trade or spend some money, the Kings need to recognize that he and players like Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Quick and Dustin Brown are running out of time and getting older. Doughty is now 31 and if the Kings don’t bring in some experienced players to compliment the young pieces and core veterans, he’s not going to be a happy camper.

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The focus for Doughty wasn’t adding to the defense as he said he was very happy playing with rookie Mikey Anderson, but he knows this team needs more. “Obviously, we have to bring guys in, that’s not my job to make that decision, you guys can ask Blakey that.” He added, “There’s no point in just waiting for these prospects to develop when you’ve got guys in their prime, hungry to win, and sick of losing.”

Drew Doughty LA Kings NHL
Drew Doughty LA Kings NHL

When asked if he’d be happy if big moves aren’t made, Doughty simply replied, “No.” He added, “You’ve got two of the best players at their positions, two-way, complete players at their positions. With all of this cap room, yeah we’ve got to bring guys in.”

Would Doughty Ask for a Trade?

If the Kings don’t make a few big moves in the offseason, do Doughty’s comments suggest he’d be looking for a chance of scenery and to be moved to a team that has a shot at winning? Even if that were the case, it’s easier said than done.

Doughty has six more seasons left on his contract with an annual average value of $11 million. Few teams can afford his salary, let alone would they be willing to pay it for a player who admits he’s getting older. Doughty is still an effective defenseman, averaging between 23 and 29 minutes per night. $11 million is a big number.

The easier deal for the Kings would be do try and ice a more competitive team. “We’ve got to get better, that’s the bottom line, that’s what we need,” Doughty said. “Yeah, all the individual players need to get better over the summer, stuff like that. But, as a team, we just need to be better and get better. That’s not just on the players.”

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