If I can get here in 15 minutes, Dean Lombardi is not gonna have too big a problem keeping the guys he really wants.
CAPGEEK.COM USER GENERATED ROSTER
My Custom Lineup
Dustin Brown ($3.175m) / Anze Kopitar ($6.800m) / Justin Williams ($3.650m)
Matt Frattin ($0.488m) / Mike Richards ($5.750m) / Jeff Carter ($5.273m)
Dwight King ($0.750m) / Jarret Stoll ($3.250m) / Tyler Toffoli ($0.870m)
Brad Richardson ($1.000m) / Kyle Clifford ($0.714m) / Trevor Lewis ($1.000m)
Dustin Penner ($2.250m) /
Rob Scuderi ($3.250m) / Drew Doughty ($7.000m)
Robyn Regehr ($3.000m) / Slava Voynov ($4.167m)
Jake Muzzin ($0.635m) / Matt Greene ($2.950m)
Keaton Ellerby ($0.735m)
Jonathan Quick ($5.800m)
Ben Scrivens ($0.550m)
Buyout: Willie Mitchell ($1.167m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $64,222,811; BONUSES: $135,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $212,189
Here are the main ingredients:
Willie Mitchell gets bought out: uncertainty and potential for re-injury, age, and length of layoff make this a regrettable necessity. The guy is a warrior, but the team has to be more important than any one player. Mitchell needs to be told why this must happen and treated with great respect, and anything the team can do to help his rehab should be done, but the priority is clear. We love you, we’d love to have you, but we can’t wait to see if you come back, and if you come back how good you are, and if you are even good enough after the layoff at your age we can’t safely commit because of the chance for re-injury. Strangely, the concussion we took the chance against when we signed you is the least of our worries.
Colin Fraser gets waived or traded for picks and any other non-cap-hit asset. Faceoffs and checking are poor, penalties taken and lack of versatility make you 7th on our depth chart at center. Kopi, Richards, Carter, Stoll, Lewis and Richardson all have better total packages than you. You may be a better center than Richardson but his ability to play everything forward on any line makes your skill set far too limited. Sorry. Bye.
Richardson and Lewis both get 1 million each.
Richardson: stay for 2 years, with a team that will be a Cup contender for the next 5 years, or go find a new home for maybe 200,00 more.
Lewis: It’s a raise and we are tight on cash. Show yourself as we know you can be, and we will be giving you that chance to do so, and in 3 years you can look around.
Scuderi: Think about the kids. Stay here for 3 or 4 years and get only $150,000 less, and for that you get to remain with the best organization in the league. Moving costs alone, plus renting or buying another house wherever you end up makes the $150,000 seem meaningless. And, you are getting older, a slight discount is not unreasonable.
Penner: 2 million a season plus $250,000 for the playoff beard. Or is that backwards? Come on, maybe the regular season isn’t important to you and you save yourself for the playoffs where you are indeed able to play at another level, but we gotta play in the real world here, too. This is a safe and decent offer, you could maybe get more but then again who loves ya, baby?
Muzzin: You’re gonna be a star and we are gonna make you one. Sign now and don’t screw it up.
Clifford: Big Red Dog: Hartnell you’re not, but don’t imagine yourself as much less than that with continued development. The key here is where are you gonna blossom? We play you on all lines, and we don’t even expect you to fight that much. You belong here and we hope we will have to pay you a lot more in 3 years. Sign it.
Ellerby: When Sutter said we only made the playoffs because of you and Muzzin playing big minutes and doing it well, he forgot to praise you for playing both sides. He did that later, repeatedly: I just wish he had done it all in one easily linked quote. You are gonna earn you’re way up the lineup. Just don’t make me look like an ass for losing Martinez: he is an undersized puck mover that struggled at his forte, and you are a stay-at-home guy that showed good potential for good outlets and first passes, plus you adapted well to the Kings system of smart activation and strength at the pinch. You Hold The Point, you stay.
I left $212, 189 for wiggle room. That ain’t a lot of wiggling, but it works. Shave two guys 150k and suddenly you have 500k to work with.
Lose Fraser, Nolan and Martinez. Keep Penner, Scuderi, Richardson, Ellerby, Muzzin, Lewis, and oh, yeah, keep Scuderi. Worked for me.