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Kings coach on Doughty: “You can’t miss training camp”

Dec 9, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

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Lost in last night’s buzz over yet another Wild win last night was the story of yet another loss for the Kings.

Los Angeles (13-11-4) has now dropped three straight and finds itself a point out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. For a team with one of the highest payrolls in the NHL, this wasn’t the plan.

As we touched on yesterday, scoring goals has been the Kings’ main issue. Despite boasting the likes of Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards and Drew Doughty, they own the worst offense in the league, averaging a paltry 2.25 goals per game.

Doughty’s lack of production is the most concerning. After missing training camp to negotiate a monster eight-year, $56-million contract, the 22-year-old defenseman has just eight points in 23 games.

“You can’t miss training camp,” Kings coach Terry Murray told ESPN.com Thursday. “Not in this game. You can’t miss training camp. You can’t miss the start of the year. That takes a big bite of everything away from you.

“Now you come in with expectations that are an incredible burden, incredible. With that kind of contract, and the only way a lot of people are going to look at him is to be a Norris trophy winner, finish first with the Presidents’ Trophy and win the Stanley Cup.”

Murray has to be feeling the heat as well. The veteran coach has been behind the bench since the start of the 2008-09 season and hasn’t yet led his team past the first round of the playoffs. This was supposed to be the season the Kings put it all together, but clearly that’s not happening.

  1. F4S Leigh - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    It’s so early yet, it’s premature to say “but clearly that’s not happening”. The Kings are struggling a bit, sure, but their best player and leader is out. Doughty’s not playing well. These things will normalize, and when they do, the Kings will be back in the playoff picture. The standings will be much different come April than they are now.

    That said, their lack of secondary scoring has to be a major concern for Kings fans.

  2. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Oh now you say it. Classic!

  3. charlutes - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Sorry Terry but if the Kings weren’t playing hardball with Doughty they would have had him for training camp. Its just like how NFL teams want to be able to cut a player and void his contract at any time, but if a player holds out he becomes the problem. You negotiated your best player out of training camp. Accept that responsibility.

  4. davebabychreturns - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Pretty sure the coach didn’t negotiate with Doughty’s camp.

    Anyway the Kings rely far too much on Doughty and JMFJ. After them that defense is slooow and that’s not going to help get the puck up ice to create offense.

    While obviously it’s disappointing that the Kings are where they are in my opinion there are issues with that team that the GM and coach should have known going into this season (they were present last year, and the year before that).

  5. Scott Hopkins - Dec 9, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Pay the punk a few more million, that should motivate him to “try” to be a real professional and a “team player”. The front office and GM ask for this problem, now they can just suck it up and deal with it. They spent all of that money for NOTHING, Doughty is not now, never has been, and never will be worth that kind of money. The kid had the nerve to compare himself to the likes of Zdeno Chara, and worse even yet, Nicklas Lidstrom. The kind needs to learn a few lessons, starting with respect. What do you think the REAL marque players on that team feel like? Do you think what went on between the King’s front office and Doughty helped that team? Do you think it did not affect those other players? Especially the REAL “team players” on the that team. Suck it up, they are a HIGHLY paid team than is going nowhere, fast.

  6. oside760 - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    terry murray is the biggest piece of crap. even bigger than norv turner

  7. nexusblueliner - Dec 11, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Trade him. Fire Murray. Bring in new blood and a new vibe. DD is trade bait. Get in better offense for him. Kings defense is and was alright without the overpaid waste of space. Johnson shoots better than him and has goals to his name. Jack always gives up the puck to Drew when they’re on ice together and Drew blows it more times. Yeah our offense is poor at the moment but every team in every sport has a slump. Someone has commented to me that trading DD would mess our defense up. Really? There’s proof we were fine without him. Same guy would put up Kopitar and Richards. Again, really? Let’s trade our best offense for more offense. Probably just my own opinion but to me it doesn’t seem logical to keep DD when you could likely get something good enough for him that will score and put up numbers. Why trade away our better point men? Doughty, Loktionov, Hunter, Fraser and Murray. Useless dead weight. Get rid. Get more aggressive and stop being predictable to every other NHL team. Hell we all know what Murray will tell these talented guys to do. Dump and chase. Bravo, it’s sure working well. Why not tell them they need to score or they’re being benched? Quick enough to get rid of Richardson and he comes back and shows you how wrong you were. Grow a set or get lost. Fans won’t keep putting up with this crap.

    Sorry for a long rant. Just one frustrated Kings fan right now.

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