Numbers game - LA Kings Insider

Since rumors are bound to be thrown around soon — not that they ever really end — it might be instructive to at least look at what the Kings are facing, salary-wise, entering next season. Below, I put together a reasonable look at the Kings’ 2010-11 lineup  (just a semi-educated guess, particularly in terms of prospects), with their salary-cap hits for next season…

Smyth ($6.25 million)-Kopitar ($6.8 million)-Williams ($3.5 million)
(TBD)-Stoll ($3.6 million)-Brown ($3.175 million)
Richardson (?)-Handzus ($4 million)-Simmonds ($821,666)
Clifford ($900,000)-Cliche ($900,000)-Westgarth ($525,000)
Clune ($750,000 estimate)-Parse ($900,000)

Doughty ($3.475 million)-Scuderi ($3.4 million)
Johnson ($1.425 million)-Greene ($2.95 million)
Drewiske ($616,667)-(TBD)
Harrold ($583,333)

Quick ($1.8 million)
Bernier ($843,333)

Those 20 players, plus the final year of Alyn McCauley’s buyout ($666,667), total approximately $47.8 million. This season’s salary cap was $56.8 million, and it’s reasonable to assume it will hold, unless the players decide to bump it up $2 million. So that would leave the Kings $9 million to fill three spots (that includes Richardson, who made $600,000 last season but should get a sizable raise), assuming they’re willing to go to the cap ceiling (which would also mean no wiggle room for a trade-deadline addition).

That’s not to discourage anyone from debating scenarios, but it’s a reminder that if you’re thinking of adding $10 million to the payroll, you also have to determine which current salaries you want to dump…

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.