I heard this little piece of info/gossip through the usual source: I know someone who knows someone who works with or is associated with the Kings, blah blah blah. But nonetheless, I thought it was interesting and my mind started to go to work as soon as I heard it. Is it true? No idea, I am in LA where everyone does nothing but blow smoke up each others asses to begin with, but I thought I would share and see what other people thought about the possibilities.
From what I heard, along the Los Angeles Kings blue line, Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson cannot stand each other. They don't talk to each other, sit next to each other, they may even throw up at the sound of the others name, whether they are actually being referred to or not. But if they don't get along, I wouldn't be surprised if one of them gets shopped around because LA is really trying to bounce back into the hockey scene, for whatever reason, and it's hard to do that when your players hate each other.
Drew Doughty: 6'1" 219 pounds, 21 years old.
|Career Totals (Full)||163||22||64||86||3||110||12||35||0||0||6||268||.082|
And as you remember, he didn't have a bad year in the playoffs this year. 3 Goals, 4 Assist, but a -5. Still his numbers drastically improved from his rookie season. Plus he has that crazy spin move. The only down side: his 3.5 million dollar cap hit. (According to hockeybuzz)
As for Jack Johnson: 6'1" 225 pounds, 23 years old.
|Career Totals (Full)||200||17||41||58||-57||188||6||13||0||0||0||266||.064|
Aside from those +/- numbers, not bad too bad, granted they are different types of D men. In the playoffs this year, Johnson had 7 assists and was a -5. The up side is that his cap hit is only a little over 1.4 million.
Both are RFAs at the end of next season.
So what do you guys think? Which would you rather have? Is it worth trying to go after one of these defensemen, if nothing else goes our way? Is it worth thinking about it?