Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Drew Doughty at impasse; Zach Bogosian talks continue; Luke Schenn close to deal
By Pierre LeBrun
Contract talks with restricted free agents have hit high gear with the start training camps days away, as is always the case in these situations.
Players get antsy and teams don't want their players to miss the start of camp, which often bridges the gap in talks.
Doughty led the Kings in average ice time (25 minutes, 39 seconds) this past season and was plus-13, fourth-best on the team.
Drew Doughty and the Kings remained at an impasse Wednesday, but that can change with one phone call. Sources told ESPN.com that the Kings won't pay Doughty more than the $6.8 million Anze Kopitar makes on average per season.
Further, Bob McKenzie of TSN reported late Tuesday night that the Kings won't do a deal for less than seven years.
In a nutshell, both term and salary remain an issue. But like I said, it just takes one phone call.
"We've spoken today, will chat again later this afternoon, and we're going to try to move it forward," Murray told ESPN.com Wednesday afternoon.
While neither Cheveldayoff nor Murray would divulge any more details, it's believed the two sides are working on a short-term deal, not a long-term deal like many young RFAs are signing this summer.
The thinking here, in all likelihood, is that Bogosian can raise his game to another level in the next few years and then get a better contract next time around. At the same time, the Jets aren't exactly sure what they have in Bogosian right now so a short-term deal makes sense for them.