By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Drew Doughty to an extension. He will be with the team for the next eight years.
While financial terms were not released by the team, he’s reportedly going to make $11 million per season, according to media reports. Doughty is entering the final year of his eight-year, $56 million deal in 2018-19, before his new contract kicks in.
With the $11 million reported per season, he will be the league’s highest-paid defenseman. With his new deal, he is inked through the 2027 season.
“Drew Doughty is one of the best defensemen in the world and we are obviously excited to have reached this point in the process in which he has committed to the Kings long-term,” Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake said in a statement. “This is great news for our organization and our fans and we will comment further once the contract has been signed and formally announced.”
Doughty has been with the team since he was 19-years-old when he was the second overall pick by the Kings in the 2008 NHL Draft. Since then, he was a two-time Stanley Cup winner in 2012 and 2014, along with winning the James Norris Memorial Trophy in 2015-16 and received the Bobby Orr Award this past season from The Hockey News as the league’s best defenseman.
This season, the 28-year-old had 10 goals and 50 assists for 60 points in 82 games. He also had 23 +/- and a 54 PIM. He had six even-strength goals, along with three power-play goals and one short-handed goal.
Thirty-three of his assists were even-strength assists. He also had 17 power-play assists.
Doughty has made the All-Star game the past four seasons. He has also appeared in all 82 games over the last four seasons.