Neither winger Glen Murray nor defenseman Mattias Norstrom reported for physical evaluations and a team meeting Saturday, but both have been invited to the Kings' training camp, which begins today at Iceoplex at North Hills.
Neither is expected to RSVP in the affirmative.
"I'm going to wait until I sign a contract, and I've talked with [Norstrom] and I don't think he's going either," said Murray. "This is the first time [missing training camp] for me and I don't know how it's going to be. But if they want me, just sign me."
The Kings are trying to sign both to three-year deals, but both sides of each negotiation were at least $1 million apart over the three years as last week began. A flurry of proposals back and forth has narrowed both gaps enough for Dave Taylor, the Kings' senior vice president and general manager, to issue the invitations, but not enough for them to be accepted.
Murray, who earned $675,000 last season, is seeking a deal that will approach the league average, about $1.3 million a season. He led the Kings in goals two seasons ago with 29 and was on a pace for that last season before tearing a ligament in his right knee in a Jan. 19 game against Colorado. After missing 19 games, he scored only one goal the rest of the season, which has clouded negotiations.