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 would come in just shy of $66.8M (including the $1.57M penalty the Kings are paying next season for terminating Mike Richards’ contract and the $833K cap penalty for buying out Matt Greene). With a cap ceiling of $75M for next season, that would leave GM Rob Blake about $8.1M to play with for roster upgrades (and you have to solve the Gaborik Riddle).

CONTRACT UPDATES: (7/14/2017)

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

– So… Marian Gaborik? True, the above information assumes he begins the season on Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR). If/When he returns, one of the above roster players would have to go, due to the league-mandated 23-man roster limit. At that time, the Kings would also need to add his $4.875M AAV back into their total and still be under the $75M cap max. Just for some easy math, if you add Gaborik back in and drop one of the bottom six forwards (of which, most have deals valued at less than $1M), the Kings adjusted cap value would be about $70.7M; giving them just over $4M to play with.

Jonny Brodzinski’s salary above is our estimate for his new contract that should be announced in the coming weeks. He is coming off a two-year Entry Level deal that had a cap hit of $808,750. Same thing for Paul LaDue and Kevin Gravel, those are estimated amounts for their new contracts. Gravel is coming off a deal with a cap hit of $667k, while LaDue was the most expensive of the group; he was holding a deal with an AAV of $925k. His new deal could come in higher than we’ve projected, depending on the term agreed to.

Oscar Fantenberg is another option on defense. However, we project him to open the season in AHL Ontario. He does not require waivers to be sent down, nor will his contract count toward the cap in that situation.

– Three prospects will also be given serious consideration for roster spots coming out of training camp in October, Justin Auger and Michael Mersch at forward, along with defenseman Kurtis MacDermid. It is important to note that all three would require waivers to be sent back to AHL Ontario. Thus, the Kings will either need to risk them to waivers, trade them, or move out other players to make room for them on the NHL roster. Because of their contract values (they’ll be signed to deals later this summer for less than $900k per season), their contracts do not impact the team’s NHL salary cap unless they make the team. Which also means, if they make the Kings opening night lineup, they’ll likely be replacing a more expensive player (i.e. Shore, Andreoff, and/or Nolan), which would only improve Blake’s cap position even further.

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  1. Other than Colorado, Arizona and Vegas, Name a worse top line in the West? It’s an average team and with Dallas bolstering and Winnipeg healthy, the Kings aren’t making the playoffs again.

    • So you’re saying the Kings will have the 4th-worst top line in the West? By your own logic, they have the best 2nd line in the West, maybe even in the NHL. That 70s Line is the top line. Yes, Kopi’s line will start games, but that doesn’t actually make them the best line.

      I don’t like the Cammalleri signing, but the only 2 reasons the Kings missed the playoffs last year were that Kopitar had his worst year and Toffoli was injured for a long time. If Kopitar has an average (by his standards) year and Toffoli stays healthy, they’d definitely make the playoffs.

      • masterhans says:

        agree with big mouth. that bottom 6 is just pathetic

      • Luc Says, there’s only ONE reason the Kings didn’t make the playoffs last year and that’s because of Quick’s injury. Even with Kopi taking a turd and Toffoli out for his stint the Kings most likely make the playoffs with Quick in net for the year.

        Disagree Big Mouth, You don’t have to have the most prolific scoring lines in the division. The Kings can have average scoring as long as they’re shutting down the opponent’s top lines. Average offensive years for the Kings forwards gets the them well into the playoffs and a good chance at the cup as long as they continue to keep playing defense like they have.