Twitter isn’t for everybody, we know. And not everybody gets a chance to listen to the various radio spots we post here on MayorsManor. Thus, as a friendly service, let’s look at the Kings projected roster for next season – since that seems to be one of the most popular questions we’ve received as of late.
Remember, there is a 23 player maximum for NHL rosters. They can continue to evaluate players/prospects during training camp, but the team’s opening night roster will need to be submitted just a few days after Frozen Fury on October 3.
LA Kings 2015-16 Projected lineup
Milan Lucic – Anze Kopitar – Marian Gaborik
Tanner Pearson – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King – Nick Shore – Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford – Trevor Lewis – Jordan Weal
Extra forwards: Andy Andreoff and Jordan Nolan
Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Brayden McNabb – Slava Voynov *
Alec Martinez – Matt Greene
Extra defenseman: Derek Forbort
* Putting all of his issues to the side for a moment, from everybody we have spoken with inside the organization, Voynov is expected back in Los Angeles. Re-phrase that as they hope he is back, or any other way you prefer. While there are still a plethora of legal details to be worked out, the short version of the story is that is the expectation. As we wrote about here, he could begin the 2015-16 season on a short-term suspension (as yet to be handed out by the NHL, nor is there a timetable for any such ruling). Of course, he already missed nearly the entire 2014-15 season under a league suspension. There is also the matter of his achilles injury, so the Kings will need a back-up plan until, say December. Enter Jamie McBain. The right-shot and puck-moving defenseman was recently signed to a one-year contract extension coming off a 28-game stint with the Kings, after originally signing with the club last November.
Slotting the corresponding salary cap numbers into that lineup, the Kings 2015-16 cap situation looks as follows:
Add in the $1.32M penalty for the termination of Mike Richards’ contract and the Kings would be at $70,117,726. The salary cap limit has been set at $71.4M.
– Obviously, if/when McBain is taking up Voynov’s roster spot, there is a potential savings, as his contract is only $600K. Also, if McBain clears waivers and is sent to the AHL, his salary would not count against the cap.
– If J.F. Berube was to beat out Enroth for the backup goaltending job, his contract is $563K (just under the 2015-16 league minimum of $575K).
– Competing with Weal for that open roster spot at forward will be four of the Kings top prospects: Jonny Brodzinski ($809K), Nic Dowd ($600K), Adrian Kempe ($925K), and Michael Mersch ($787K).
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