With the NHL season opener fast approaching, Drew Doughty is still without a contract with the LA Kings and it looks like a long holdout is possible. The Kings have reportedly received offer sheets from other clubs, and if the two sides can’t reach an agreement soon, his days as a King will be over.
The latest trade rumor on Bleacher Report has the young defenseman heading to Edmonton in a deal with the Oilers. Edmonton is rumored to have put an offer sheet together and the Kings are mulling over their options.
Edmonton is in rebuilding mode, but has several young talented players. Doughty would play along with Ryan Whitney and the two would make a formidable pairing on the back half of the ice for the Oilers.
Ales Hemsky and possible first round draft picks would go to Los Angeles, which has added several veteran stars this off-season, and the team is looking to start the NHL season without any distractions hanging over the team’s head.
Although a trade is the last thing the front office of the Kings wants to do, it might be the best option, especially if they could add a talent like Hemsky to the team’s roster. Look for something to happen with Doughty soon, as both sides will need to move forward.