Drew Doughty has snagged two Stanley Cups and one Norris Trophy, establishing himself as one of the names undoubtedly in the mix for the best defender in the game through nine seasons in Los Angeles. But it seems the memories of that successful near-decade run might not be enough to keep Doughty in California once unrestricted free agency rolls around in 2019. “My first love will always be L.A.,” Doughty told The Hockey News’ Matt Larkin in a piece published Saturday. “It’s one of the best organizations in all of sports, not just hockey. It’s unbelievable. They treat us first-class, and it’s a good place to play. “I’d love to re-sign in L.A. But if our team isn’t going in the right direction… I want to win Cups. I don’t give a s— where I play. I just want to win Cups, and that’s the bottom line.” The Kings will need a sharp turnaround in 2017-18 to shift their trajectory into “the right direction.” After three seasons that saw them win two championships and bow out in one conference final, Los Angeles’ past three years have served as a humbling equalizer. The club has missed the playoffs in two of those three campaigns, winning just one post-season game in the lone year they did make it to the dance.
Doughty on potentially leaving Kings: ‘I just want to win Cups’
Sportsnet | Sep 9