Some fans are asking if it would make sense for the Edmonton Oilers to put forward an offer sheet on Drew Doughty, who is locked in a contract dispute with the Los Angeles Kings. Uh, no. No it doesn’t.
My best guess is that it isn’t going to happen — unless GM Steve Tambellini has fallen down the stairs and hit his head in recent days — and it shouldn’t, for a handful of reasons I can come up with off the top of my head, even if the reaction from Dean Lombardi would be priceless.
— If Doughty isn’t willing to sign with the Kings or the $6.8 million annual salary Los Angeles is offering, my best guess is an offer sheet will have to come in at least $1 million more per year for Doughty to consider it.
I think what the Kings are said to be offering Doughty is handsome in the extreme, given what he’s shown in three NHL seasons. Nice rookie season in 2008-09 with 27 points. Big jump up in 2009-10 with 59 points. A step back in 2010-11 with 40 points.
The Oilers would be paying Doughty, who is still only 21, like a franchise cornerstone. Is he? Talented? Absolutely. A franchise guy? Maybe. Is he destined to be a 55-point guy or something closer to 45?
— If a sheet comes in at an average salary of $7.835 million or above and Doughty accepts it, the Oilers will have to send Los Angeles four first-round picks. If the sheet comes in just under that, it’s two first-rounders, a second-rounder and a third-rounder.
If it’s the former, might that mean lottery picks in each of the next two years? Maybe. Might it mean top-10 picks in all four years? Pretty good chance of that.
— Doughty, as Ryan Rishaug pointed out on the Jason Gregor Show today, has a history of getting "comfortable" when it comes to his commitment to fitness. Might Doughty get comfortable if he gets a sheet worth $55 million for seven seasons?
What could possibly go wrong?
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