NHL notes: Doughty contract offer set to drop

Kings defenceman Drew Doughty warms up before a game against the Maple Leafs in Toronto, Ont., Jan....

Kings defenceman Drew Doughty warms up before a game against the Maple Leafs in Toronto, Ont., Jan. 26, 2010. (Abelimages/Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Kings were prepared to pay Drew Doughty $6.8 million a season.

But that offer will drop on a daily basis as long as the 21-year-old defenceman is away from training camp.

The problem we have ... is that generally with a player, you establish his market value and he signs up for 275 days of work," Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told the team website Friday.

But with camp opening and Doughty being a no-show, Lombardi equates that with a missing a day of work, "as well as getting behind your teammates in terms of preparation."

Because a player's pay includes his time at camp, the Kings aren't getting a full season of work from Doughty as of Friday.

"You do this (contract negotiation) based on 275 days of work, and now it's down to 274," Lombardi said.

So, taking a day off has cost Doughty slightly more than $24,700. That's one day's pay based on a $6.8-million contract.

Lombardi remains optimistic of getting a deal done.

"There's no doubt in my mind that this kid is going to play here and play here a long time," Lombardi said.

TURRIS HAS TO EARN IT

Phoenix Coyotes forward Kyle Turris won't get the big bucks until he earns them, general manager Don Maloney said Friday.

Turris -- a 22-year-old centre with 19 goals and 27 assists in 131 career games with the Coyotes -- is still a developing player, Maloney said.

Yet, Turris reportedly wants more than $3 million a season in a new contract.

"It's so illogical from our standpoint," Maloney said of the contract demand. "Once you're a proven 30-goal, 80-point guy, yes, you get the brass ring but (until then) you have to settle ... well ... he doesn't have to settle, he can stay home, watch Oprah."

ANDREI'S OFF THE MARK

Even though his recovery has been slow, defenceman Andrei Markov believes he has a chance to be ready for the Montreal Canadiens' season opener Oct. 6 in Toronto.

"I feel rather uncomfortable when I skate now," Markov said Friday.

The Russian had surgery Dec. 8 for the second time in less than a year on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He said he does not know what to expect during the coming days and weeks.

"I will first see if I can participate in scrimmages this weekend," he said without conviction. "For the start of the regular season, I do not know. Yes, there is a chance (of being ready in time).

"I want to be 100% sure I'm healthy. I don't want to come back for a few games. I'd like to stay here for the long term, and that's what we're looking for."

Markov, 32, played just seven games in 2010-11 and 45 in 2009-10.

CANUCKS STILL HURTING

It must have felt like a short off-season for the Vancouver Canucks, who are still feeling the effects of their Stanley Cup run in the spring.

Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond are sidelined indefinitely, while Manny Malhotra will be brought along slowly in his recovery from eye surgery.

Coach Alain Vigneault confirmed via Twitter the absence of the three forwards at the start of training camp Friday.

Kesler underwent hip surgery this summer and is not expected back before mid-October.

Mason Raymond suffered a broken vertebra in Game 6 of the Cup final against the Boston Bruins as a result of a hit from Johnny Boychuk and will be out until at least November.

Malhotra, 31, was hit in the left eye by a puck March 16 and had two surgeries that were thought to be season-ending, but he made a surprising return to the lineup in the final.

However, Malhotra indicated to the Canucks website that he hasn't fully recovered.

"Things may be a little more limited and not what they used to be," he said.

"It doesn't mean I'm going to work less hard ... it just means I may have to do a little bit more work."

BRIEFLY

Chris Pronger was named captain Friday of the Philadelphia Flyers. He replaces Mike Richards, who was traded to Los Angeles. Danny Briere and Kimmo Timonen will be alternates. Pronger previously captained St. Louis and Anaheim ... The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms with defenceman Ryan Murphy on a three-year, entry-level contract Friday. Carolina took Murphy with the 12th pick in the 2011 draft.


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