Los Angeles Kings general manager Rob Blake doesn’t anticipate having any problems signing top defenceman Drew Doughty to a contract extension.
“I don’t foresee an issue with it,” Blake said in an interview with The Athletic. “I would say we’re on the same page in terms of the direction we want with this team and where he fits in.
“Believe me, he’s a priority. We’ll get him signed.”
Doughty, 28, is entering the final year of his contract and could become an unrestricted free agent in 2019. He can sign an extension as early as July 1.
In the past, Doughty had hinted he could test the free agent market. But after the Kings were eliminated from the playoffs in April, he said “I always wanted to be an L.A. King and I want to stay an L.A. King.”