Monthly Archives: October 2014

Kings to Dress 19 Players Tonight Because of Salary Cap Restraint

The Los Angeles Kings travel to Philadelphia tonight on a 6 game winning streak after sweeping their latest home stand.  They enter the game in 2nd place in the Pacific Division, one point and one less game played than the Anaheim Ducks.  Jonathan Quick has been on fire lately and “That’s 70’s Line” consisting of Tanner Pearson, Jeff Carter, and Tyler Toffoli has been on a scoring rampage.  Everything seems to be going extremely well for the Kings right now looking exclusively at the schedule and statistics.

The only issue GM Dean Lombardi is facing is his current salary cap situation which could quickly turn into a nightmare.  Salva Voynov was suspended from all team activities about a week ago following his arrest for a domestic abuse case.  Though Voynov is suspended under Section 18.5-A of the CBA, he still receives a paycheck from the team.  They had to recall defenseman Brayden McNabb to replace him on the roster.  Voynov’s $4.16M salary cap hit is dead weight now as he’s not playing yet still counts against the cap.  On top of that, Anze Kopitar left Sunday evening’s win over Columbus with an upper-body injury after awkwardly getting hit by Blue Jacket’s defenseman Tim Erixon and has been ruled out for tonight’s game.

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Senators Extend Ryan to Big Contract, Name Karlsson Captain

The Ottawa Senators announced they were making a “significant hockey announcement” this morning via twitter.  Speculation around the internet wondered if they were naming their new captain (will get to that later) or the possibility of an outdoors game this or next season. 

The main announcement was the extension of Bobby Ryan’s contract that was set to expire after this season and he would become an unrestricted free agent (UFA).  Ryan inked a 7 year, $50.75M ($7.25M/year AAV) extension to stay in Ottawa.  The deal includes a full NMC and a partial NTC (can summit a trade list of 10 teams if asked). 

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