It’s no real secret at this point, the LA Kings have major salary cap troubles this summer. As Kings GM Dean Lombardi pointed out earlier today though, finally pulling the trigger on the Jonathan Bernier trade has gone a long way towards determining what the team will be capable of doing to round out their 2013-14 roster.
Here’s what Lombardi shared on a conference call earlier today…
- On Scuderi negotiations: “We’re going to continue to plug away on that. Since the season ended we’ve had four things going at once. At least this is now done [the Bernier trade], and this was a huge issue. We got Voynov done and we’ve continued to talk to Scuderi. At least we’ll keep trying here. I think we all would love to have him back. As we say though, with the cap coming down, it’s all about making things fit. it’s not about our desire to have the player. At least now, with this off our plate, we have a pretty good handle on our space (available). That’s the other thing too, don’t forget, in getting Frattin and Scrivens now we know the price. It also gives us a little more certainty on how aggressive we can be. So, I’m glad to have closure on this and we know where we stand on these other holes – which clearly defines in most cases what we’re going to have left to get under the cap. So, it’s probably fair to say that our first call will be back to Rob this week.”
- On Penner talks: “He’d be another one, actually I had a feeling-out with his agent recently. Again, the fact that this is done now and we have these holes filled, we know the price, it also helps us have a little certainly in how we approach some of these players. Like I said, it’s very difficult to try and juggle this with the cap coming down under these circumstances, with our players’ (contracts) all coming up. We wouldn’t have had this problem if the cap was the same. But, it is what it is. So, he’d be another one that I’ve already had a discussion with his agent. But, I need to let the dust clear here and see what we’ve got.”
- On the timing of wanting to get any potential deal with Penner done before the free agency window opens on July 5th: “I really don’t think we’re faced with that now. It’s all about fitting in. What the market says isn’t really going to drive this right now. It’s going to be about space. So, that kinda actually takes that out of the equation. So many times (in the past it’s about) ‘What’s he worth? What’s he worth?’ It really doesn’t matter. It’s all about fitting him in. It is what it is. That’s just the long and short of it. If a guy’s worth X out in the market place, it’s not going to matter if you ain’t got the space.”
Translation: for Penner and/or Scuderi to come back, it’s very likely going to involve them taking a discount over what they could potentially earn elsewhere. That’s just the reality of next year’s salary cap.
Fior what it’s worth, here’s what readers had to say earlier this week when we asked what the Kings should do about the Scuderi situation.
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