Having forged his identity as a hard-working, character-type defensive forward who forechecks and kills penalties, Trevor Lewis has scored six goals in the second half of the season to set a new career high. On Tuesday, it was announced that the 27-year-old Salt Lake City native has signed a two-year contract extension that will pay him 3.05 million dollars over two seasons.
Lewis was invited to the United States’ Olympic Orientation Camp last summer. In 70 games in 2013-14, the versatile forward has 11 points (6-5=11) and six penalty minutes.
The $1.525 million average annual value is $200,000 more than his current contract. Last summer, Lewis signed a one-year, $1.325 million extension.
The 2014-15 salary cap should be “around” 71 million dollars, with the low-end estimated at roughly 69 million dollars, per Renoud Lavoie. The reduced ceiling is due to a weak Canadian dollar.
With Lewis’ contract, the Kings would have $58,309,394 committed to 18 players, per CapGeek.com. That projection gives the Kings anywhere from roughly 10.7 million to 12.8 million dollars to spend on free agents, based on the range of salary cap expectations outlined above.
Restricted free agents in the system include Dwight King, Linden Vey, Brayden McNabb and Andy Andreoff, while unrestricted free agents include Marian Gaborik, Willie Mitchell, Matt Greene, Colin Fraser, Andrew Campbell and Jeff Schultz.