Mailbag: Doughty's new deal a win-win

Updated: September 30, 2011, 11:52 AM ET
By Craig Custance

Before we get to the mailbag, first let's talk about Drew Doughty. The Los Angeles Kings' franchise defenseman finally agreed to terms with the team, ending his holdout with an eight-year contract that ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reported is worth $56 million.

In what was a fairly public negotiation, both sides can claim victory. Newport Sports, which represents Doughty, got its client serious money. Doughty will be paid more than the $6.8 million per season Anze Kopitar earns, which had been the ceiling the Kings didn't want to break. Don Meehan and Mark Guy have negotiated the 21-year-old defenseman right to the top of NHL defensemen salaries. Per CapGeek.com, Shea Weber will have the highest cap hit this year at $7.5 million, with Brian Campbell next at $7.1 million. But after those two, it's Doughty. His cap hit is higher than Zdeno Chara, Nicklas Lidstrom, Duncan Keith and other elite defensemen.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi's win comes in the long term.