Updates on LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and UFA blueliner Paul Mara.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Helene Elliott reports Kings GM Dean Lombardi has no intention of shopping the rights of defenseman Drew Doughty, who remains unsigned as negotiations between his agent and Kings management appear to have stalled. Lombardi said there’s no way he’d trade Doughty’s rights to break the stalemate.
QMI AGENCY (VIA CALGARY SUN): Ryan Pyette reports Doughty is skating with the OHL London Knights, and vows to remain in London until his contract stalemate is resolved.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve one one suggestion from a blogger that an offer sheet from a rival club would swiftly resolve this situation, but I believe if a team was seriously going to send Doughty an offer sheet, they would’ve done so earlier this summer, when they had more available cap space. At least we can safely ignore any talk of the Kings shopping his rights.
ESPN.COM: Katie Strang reported the NY Rangers and NY Islanders have interest in defenseman Paul Mara, according to his agent, Matt Keator, who also said he’s in talks with other NHL teams, ruling out the possibility of Mara attending a training camp on a tryout basis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Keator is obviously hoping a team will become desperate enough to offer Mara a contract, rather than a training camp tryout. We’ll find out soon enough if they’ll find what they’re seeking.