He thinks that this negotiation could drag into late August or September.
Hammond notes that Doughty's agent held Evgeni Nabokov out in 2002 before signing a deal with San Jose when Lombardi was the GM.
Marc Staal signed last year on September 15th.
Doughty is a better player than Staal and arguably one of the five best defensemen in the league. He should get a higher cap number than Staal did, but will it be close to what Shea Weber got?
For a team that added Mike Richards and Simon Gagne, a distraction like a Doughty hold out could hurt the team before they even get going.