Various sources report the Los Angeles Kings have reached agreement with defenseman Drew Doughty on an eight-year contract worth $56 million. It will be worth an average cap hit of $7 million per season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears both sides agree to compromise, Doughty by accepting a longer term than the five years he reportedly sought, Kings management by agreeing to come up from the $6.8 million offer they earlier claimed they wouldn’t come up from. It remains to be seen how long it’ll take Doughty to acclimate, and if it has any impact on his start to the season, but at least this didn’t drag on into the start of the season. The Kings are a better team with Doughty, their star defenseman, in the lineup than without.