After a few crazy days of free agency, the dust is starting to settle and all that remains are second-tier players. In the midst of this, the LA Kings find themselves with a payroll of $US 28,340,000 million (thanks to Chip's Cap Central) going into next season. While they have six Restricted Free Agents to deal with, Jaret Stoll and Patrick O'Sullivan are the only ones of the bunch that may be getting anywhere in the 2 million vicinity.
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After the 2007-08 season concluded, the NHL raised the Cap once again, bringing it up from 52 to 56.7 million, with the cap floor sitting at 40.7 million. Which means the Kings will have to spend a little over 12 million to reach the floor. This might prove to be a difficult task considering that a) none of their remaining players to sign are worth big dollars, and b) there isn't a big variety of Unrestricted Free Agents to fill the void. And you can scratch Ladislav Nagy off that list, after playing for the Kings last season he's decided to test the Free Agent waters.
Here is a list of the remaining RFA's along with their salaries of the 07-08 season:
Jarret Stoll -- 2.2M (3 point decrease with 30 more games played than 06-07)
Patrick O'Sullivan -- 650K (due for a raise after a 52 point, 22 goal season)
Brad Richardson -- 600K
Matt Moulson -- 500K
Peter Harrold -- 500K
Erik Ersberg -- 575K
After looking at this list, it'd be hard to imagine all these players racking up more than around 6 million. Playing along with that figure (and that was generous), that would bring the Kings to about a 34 million payroll, which would leave them around 6 million under the Cap.
With that said, even with these RFA's signed up, the Kings still need to sign a few players. Whether they call-up prospects or sign free agents is up to them, but they better be willing to spend some money, or else they may find themselves having to trade for players with inflated salaries (ahem, Bryan McCabe and Pavel Kubina are available!).
Free Agents the Kings may target:
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