VIDEO: New thoughts from Dean Lombardi

Multiple clips from a recent Dean Lombardi interview…

The Dilemma…

Going to Boston…

If you missed the latest LA Kings Media Roundtable, click here now – we debate if Lombardi’s roster style still works in today’s NHL.

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July 2017: Update on LA Kings Salary Cap Situation and Roster Projection

Fresh on the heels of forward Nick Shore and the Kings agreeing to new one year contract, with an average annual value (AAV) of $925,000, we have updated our look at the team’s current salary cap situation.
2017-18 LA Kings Projected Opening Night Roster (with important notes at the end of the article)
 

Cammalleri
Kopitar
Brown

1,000,000
10,000,000
5,875,000

 
 
 

Pearson
Carter
Toffoli

3,750,000
5,272,727
4,550,000

 
 
 

Kempe
Dowd
Brodzinski

894,167
650,000
950,000

 
 
 

Clifford
Shore
Lewis

1,600,000
925,000
2,000,000

 
 
 

Nolan
Andreoff
 

950,000
677,500
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Muzzin
Doughty
 

4,000,000
7,000,000
 

 
 
 

Martinez
LaDue
 

4,000,000
1,500,000
 

 
 
 

Forbort
Gravel
 

650,000
950,000
 

 
 
 

Folin
 
 

850,000
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Quick
Kuemper
 

5,800,000
650,000
 

 
The above 23-man roster […]

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven’s Kings Updates – Thornton, Brown, Phaneuf, Bernier, Iginla, etc.

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Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio, where he joined host Nick Alberga of Ice Cap to discuss a plethora of topics surrounding the LA Kings roster heading into free agency, including: Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks, Dustin Brown-for-Dion Phaneuf trade speculation, goaltender Jonathan Bernier, forward Jarome […]

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  1. Boy! do I (We) glad you choose to be as Kings of LA teams’ GM !! Let’s get 3 more CUPs with you here.OK..GKG…

  2. Crown Royal says:

    DL brought the Cup to L.A. He did what he was supposed to do now the question becomes, can he do it again? He has spoken in the past about wanting to be loyal to his players, as they are to the organization. This is noble and admirable but may be impossible in the current salary cap era. Chicago had to jettison several players after winning the Cup and it took them a couple of years to reload.

    Many sports teams such as basketball, soccer, and hockey generally consist of six or seven core players with other team members being more complimentary in nature. DL has locked up pretty long-term the core of JQ, DD, VV, DB, MR, JC, and Kopi. He has committed a large part of the payroll to that core group. One key for DL going forward will be how effectively and inexpensively he can replace the non-core players on the roster.

    After trading for Stoll and Greene, he overpaid both of them, signing them to longer term contracts. This was understandable as they are character players and DL needed those kind of guys to start building the team around. It would have done no good for those guys to have left in the midst of a team re-build. In fact, it might have been a disaster. When he re-signed Stoll recently he overpaid him. He simply is not that good offensively, is a bit undersized, and is an average skater. His value is strictly as a defensive center. When Greene’s contract ends he must decide if he will overpay again for a 5th-6th defenseman who will play only 14-15 minutes a game behind DD and Voynov. Stoll and Greene are valuable role players (Greene has played much better under Sutter) but they are still role players. In today’s NHL you can’t overpay role players without adversely affecting the team long-term.

    DL is going to have to draft and develop players who can come in and play those kind of roles less expensively and eventually develop players who can become core guys in the future. Much of his long-term success and legacy as a great GM will depend greatly on his willingness to sacrifice loyal team players for less expensive players either from within the organization or finding cheap replacements in other organizations he can sign or acquire through trade.

    Interesting hearing him speak about Boston and what persuaded him to come to L.A….Thanks!