You Give Me $4.17 Million A Year And I’ll Give You A Slava You’ll Never Forget

Well, unfortunately no one is giving me didley squat.

Dean Lombardi, however, just gave Slava Voynov $25 million to retain his services over the next six years.

You know what this means? Well, probably something important related to cap space, but truly, the gravitas of this lies in the fact that I may now finally use the 50% off Team LA coupon I was given two months ago to purchase a jersey with #26 on the back.

I don’t need to tell you that we like this signing. Of course we like it. The cap hit, $4.17, is entirely fair considering Slava would be worth closer to $6 if he were on the open market today. He is a 23 year old defenseman now under contract until he is close to 30. The threat of an offer sheet is gone. The cap picture, now with about half an NHL minimum salary under $57 million committed to 15 players, is clearer and most importantly, we love Slava Voynov, the two-way, intelligent defensemen who can do a bit of everything and has perhaps the team’s best one timer and deadliest shot from the point. English may be his second language, but the playoffs are his first. Dude has 7 goals and 16 points in 36 career playoffs games over the last two seasons. Those are insane numbers for a young defensemen.

I have to go meet a sprinkler technician, so more on the cap implications later today.

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9 replies

  1. Oh, hell, ya! Is it frowned upon to mention favorites? Ok, good, I love this kid! I believe he’ll be considered one of DL’s greatest picks as the GM of our beloved team. I think he is and will be that good! Great day in Kingnation!

  2. Bernier will now go for picks because the Kings need to give Lewis/Clifford/Muzzin contracts. These 3 probably won’t get much more than 1 mill + per but these are core players. Scuderi is gone unless they buyout Mitchell. Mitchell is still making progress, but he was making progress all the past season so not sure that is good news or just an update. Bye Bye Penner, and honestly if they are going to bring Holloway back, bye bye King also. Bury King in the AHL if he gets picked up on waivers nice knowing you King!
    Bernier ain’t going to Philly even with Briere and Bryz bought out. Lombardi wants picks like the one CLB is using this upcoming draft for Carter.
    Sorry Deidra but Streit getting what he got just caused more problems and Lombardi isn’t going to take Read when he can get picks.

  3. Shows how overpaid Doughty is.

    • He was like the 3rd youngest finalist for the Norris, 126 points in 239 games. And I’m pretty sure the year after he signed he was the top-scoring defenceman in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. So yeah, it would be great to have it at a smaller cap hit, but he’s not exactly Wade Redden or Jeff Finger.

  4. Lombardi isn’t a very good poker player! He gets his arse handed to him when he starts to bluff, only to cave in like he did with Doughty.
    Remember when the Kings were just about to head over to Europe and you could already tell Voynov’ pre-season play made the need for Doughty not as great because Voynov could add the offensive side of what they would have missed at the start of the season if Doughty wasn’t under contract.
    Dean caved in, and Doughty was on a plane, and then on his way with the other players to Europe.
    Did they ever even tax him the 25K per day not in camp after Lombardi made that statement? Probably not!
    All talk but no backup!

  5. Smoking deal. Voynov’s value is only going northbound from here on out if he stays healthy. He’s only 23 and locked up for six years is good to go!

  6. Rich Winter, Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent has been informed by the Philadelphia Flyers that Bryzgalov will NOT be bought out after the Stanley Cup Final! Bryzgalov’s $5.67M cap hit will stay on the books for at least another season while Briere’s $6.5M for the next 2 years WILL be bought out.
    Sorry Flyer fan, you are out of the running, not that you ever were anyways.
    Bernier not going to the Flyers!

  7. YES!!!
    Mad Love For Our Russie!
    I suck with the $$ and cap and all that. Just want to know Slava will be a King a long time.
    He is so talented..All King fans should be happy with this.. Slava will be Happy…and next season We will get Interviews :)
    Bite the bullet and just buy the Jersey.
    GO KINGS GO!!!


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