Kevin Bieksa

Drew Doughty's looming free agency won't be a distraction, Kings GM says

Drew Doughty's looming free agency won't be a distraction, Kings GM says

Drew Doughty’s looming free agency keeps popping up like mushrooms on a lawn, but Kings general manager Rob Blake isn’t about to take out his gardening gloves.

For the third time since training camp, Doughty this week left open the possibility that he wouldn’t re-sign with the Kings when his contract expires after next season. Blake said Thursday he’s not concerned about Doughty’s future with the Kings becoming a distraction.

“Not at all,” Blake said. “I’m not worried about that. He’s going to learn that he’s going to be asked those questions, but he’s a long way from being unrestricted. It’s not like he’s unrestricted here in a month.”

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