Pierre LeBrun of ESPN twatted (I spelled it right as far as I’m concerned), that Gary Bettman stated today the NHL salary cap could up by $2 million for the 2010-2011 season.
Apparently Bettman announced this on one of the NHL satellite radio shows of which I am not privy to listening.
That would bring the cap to 58.8 million if it went up by exactly 2 million. Based on this notion, allow me to share with you what very well could be a momentary lapse in sanity and/or judgment.
The Kings sit at just under ~$45 million next year, accounting for 8 forwards (Kopitar, Brown, Smyth, Williams, Stoll, Handzus, Simmonds, Parse), 6 defenseman (Doughty, Scuderi, Greene, Johnson, Drewiske and Harrold), and Quick and Ersberg.
So that would leave ~14 million to play with to fill 5-6 roster spots.
Well, we can probably safely remove Ersberg and sub in Bernier. That adds only about 100k to the total. Negligible for my purposes.
Then lets say, for the sake of the argument, Voynov makes the team. That adds another 850k. So we’re bumping close to 46 million.
Two young forwards probably make it out of camp. For fun, let’s say those are Loktionov and Clifford. That’s another 1.7ish million on the books. Pushin’ 48 million now.
Wait wait wait, Westgarth. Need a Westgarth in there. He makes pocket change (doesn’t it kind of make you gag that ‘pocket change’ appropriately applies, in context, to a sum of $525,000 a year?).
OK. So what we’ve got now?
For about $48.5 million. That’s ten to play with to fill two roster spots.
First of all, the defense needs something. Let’s pretend Sean O’Donnell resigns. 1 year @ 1 million sound right? It does to me.
What’s the team look like?
Well that kind of sucks, doesn’t it?
OK so lets dump one of the two defensemen sitting on the bench. Harrold, sorry buddy, see ya later.
That only saved us less than 600k. We have ~10 million to play with.
Well, I can think of $8 million of something.
Wait a minute… no that can’t be right. Does that look like a bona fide contending team to you?
Eh, well, the forwards are good, but the D could be a problem.
Darn. Foiled again.
Or not. Rookie bonus account for about $3 million of that!
So screw OD. Thanks for all you’ve done good sir, but get a cybernetic knee replacement and then we’ll talk about another year with the world’s best skaters. Chelios is probably getting lonely. Go give the guy a boost, he’s so damn close.
Oh man, now we have 4 million to go get ourselves… lets say… erm… uhh… damn. I really want to say Hamhuis. No, no. We just spent 8 frickin’ million bucks on that 50 goal scorer. You know who I want? Seidenberg. He played well, let’s give the guy 2.75 million for two years. Really though, this spot can be filled by so many defensemen out there that will cost between 2 and 3 million on short term (Eaton, Ward, Ference, Pothier, Morris, Wallin, Exelby, Krajicek – to name a few), that you can pick your poison.
Johnson-Seidenberg (or your flavor of the year)
Now there’s your team. And if you don’t believe the numbers (assuming the cap does rise), here are the numbers using Cap Geek.
2010-11 Salary Cap Calculator
|2010-11 Los Angeles Kings|
|* Ilya Kovalchuk||—||$8,000,000|
|* Dennis Seidenberg||—||$2,750,000|
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