Erik Karlsson and Drew Doughty are ensuring they aren’t going to take a home town discount. Instead, they are talking big about their pending free agency in 18 months.
Karlsson didn’t pull a punch, saying he’s going to get what he’s worth and it doesn’t matter where that is going to be.
Ottawa fans are seriously concerned, as they should, because their owner hasn’t been the guy who is willing to spend as much as it takes to keep players in Ottawa.
It’s easier for Doughty to say he wants what he’s worth because he’s won his championship. For Karlsson, it may be a little bit more difficult but we are in an era when agents and the players association will pressure their players to take the money and raise the bar for value of players.
And don’t call them greedy. Players are worth what the market bears, especially in a salary cap era when managers are quick to boot anybody nearing a dollar value much too high.
It sounds to me Doughty and Karlsson are looking out for the only people that can promise them loyalty: themselves.