This ship will sail without Drew Doughty
The annual voyage, which enables fans to mingle with players and team staff, originally featured Doughty, Wayne Simmonds and Trevor Lewis as scheduled participants. But Simmonds was traded to Philadelphia in the deal that brought Mike Richards to the Kings and a team spokesman said Doughty decided not to go.
Lewis was still scheduled to be on the trip to Ensenada aboard the Carnival Cruise Lines Fun Ship Paradise, along with radio analyst Daryl Evans and former King Ian Turnbull. And mascot Bailey too.
There’s no official word on why Doughty stayed on dry land but it’s likely he wanted to avoid facing constant questions about his contract status with no easy escape from those inquiries except a lifeboat.
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, asked earlier this week if he had talked to Doughty’s representatives, said via email, “Focused on negotiations for raising the debt ceiling now.”
-- Helene Elliott
Photo: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty warms up prior to a game against Nashville on Jan. 6. Credit: Kirby Lee / U.S. Presswire