There were no surprises from the Kings’ El Segundo headquarters this morning, as the Kings’ six remaining restricted free agents were all qualified, as noted by Lisa Dillman:
Per Kings, have issued qualifying offers to : Andreoff, Crescenzi, Dowd, LoVerde, Shore, Weal.
— lisa dillman (@reallisa) June 29, 2015
Nothing to see here. By qualifying a player, a team indicates its intention to maintain their rights and open up negotiations. Had these players not been qualified, they would have been eligible to become free agents on July 1.
There had been news of note on this day in previous years: in 2013, Keaton Ellerby was not qualified, along with David Kolomatis and Stefan Legein, and last year, the Kings chose not to qualify Jonathan Parker, Steve Qualier and James Livingston.
The Kings have roughly $66.48M allotted to 18 players under contract through 2015-16. Next year’s salary cap has been set at $71.4M; teams may have up to 23 players on their active roster. Should the Kings buy out the remaining years of Mike Richards’ contract, as is expected, they would receive an additional $4.53M in salary cap space (5.75M cap hit – 1.22M 2015-16 buyout figure).