Lombardi’s on Contracts for Justin Williams and Andrej Sekera

Lombardi copyBelow we have even more from this afternoon’s conference call with LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi In this segment of the call he discussed the contract status of impending unrestricted free agents Justin Williams and Andrej Sekera…

On which of the Kings’ contract dominos needs to fall first before the cap situation becomes more clear:

“I understand what you’re saying, but I think it is more like just one, no matter what it is. There’s like four or five things you’re looking at and the one that comes up, you like. The options you look at when you’re talking to other general managers, you kind of get an idea of which you’d like. It depends which comes around first, I’d say, versus saying ‘well we’ve got to do this,’ before. Because the things that might come off that one are the things we can control. So to answer your question, is there one that has to fall, no. I think any one of them could fall and maybe none of them will fall. The only other thing I throw in there that we’re working towards is signing Toffoli and Jones. That’s not a domino; because that’s been priority since you saw it during the season. We were fortunate to get Nolan done, Clifford done, and Martinez and Muzzin and Pearson. So we want to finish that, those seven key players that are not even in their prime yet, to keep them in the fold. That’s not a domino, that is something we are actively pursuing daily.”

On the chances of signing Justin Williams:
“That would require a domino, so there is a before there. To make that happen, that would be your domino theory. That would be one of the things we’re looking at.”

On negotiations with Andrej Sekera:
“I think we have, which is not always easy to get, but I think we have the parameters of a number. Up until late last week, often times it is hard to get even a number to see if you can plug it in. So I think we have the range that it would take. Now, have we been countered with an offer yet? No. That is all I can say on that one now. I will say I don’t think his number is outrageous. I think he’d like to stay here, and so by virtue of that, he ends up in your templates, in some of your schematics.”

For a detailed look at the off-season roster moves being contemplated by the LA Kings, be sure to check out our recent MayorsManor feature story covering more than a dozen players. Plus, the remainder of Lombardi’s comments are linked below.

MORE MUST-READ LOMBARDI CONTENT:

Lombardi on the Future of Mike Richards

Lombardi on ‘Gut-Wrenching’ Meeting with Jarret Stoll

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