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01-09-2011, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Lombardi
In Jack’s case, I don’t have any doubt that he’s not going to get complacent on us. That’s always your fear, when you step up for a young player, that he’s going to go, `Well, I’ve got it made,’ and stop trying to be the best he can. I have the utmost confidence, in terms of Jack, that this is not going to happen. If anything, it’s going to make him more confident, and drive harder. That’s the other thing that allows you to step up.

This now allows the Kings to give Doughty a 2 or 3 year deal at a lower cap hit and keeps him hungry. I have some doubts about Doughty's commitment to be a pro. You don't see Jack taking the fitness test twice, Jack is commited to improve himself. I don't see that from Doughty yet and now there is no reason to sign Doughty long term on his second contract.

Dean and Jack deserve a lot of credit in getting this done. Jack taking a discount on his UFA years and Dean for committing to a 7 year deal.

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