The Los Angeles Kings officially signed defenseman Jamie McBain to the league-minimum $550,000 salary on Wednesday and placed him on the active roster. He’ll be eligible to play Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks.
More on McBain joining the Kings can be found in yesterday’s post. The 26-year-old puck-mover has 92 points (25-67=92) in 275 career games with Carolina and Buffalo.
“He hasn’t played on a good team. Big difference,” Darryl Sutter said. “Good kid, good skill set. The next part is the game.”
“You know what? He’s had a really good college career, came out, and played a year in the American League,…got off to a good start in Carolina, signed a big contract, and had trouble getting one. It happens.”
The Kings cleared roster space for McBain by designating Slava Voynov as a non-roster player. Non-roster status, which must be approved by the Commissioner, can be applied to players “unavailable to play due to reasons other than injury, illness or disability.” Voynov’s salary will still count against the Kings’ cap as he continues to receive pay.
Prior to today’s transactions, the Kings had $564,290 of cap space, according to CapGeek.com.
The precedence for today’s roster moves are explained in the CBA.
(a) Upon approval of the Commissioner, a Player who is unavailable to play due to reasons other than injury, illness or disability (e.g.,
birth of a child, attending a funeral) will be designated a Non-Roster Player, and during such period of his designation as such he will not count against the Club’s Active Roster limit and his Club may replace such Player, provided, however, that the Non-Roster Player’s Player Salary and Bonuses and his replacement’s Player Salary and Bonuses are each included in calculating a Club’s Actual Club Salary and Averaged Club Salary, and the Players’ Share, for purposes of Article 50.
(b) If, as a result of: (i) a Player (“Player A”) returning to a Club’s Active Roster from Injured Reserve, or (ii) a Club acquiring a Player (“Player A”) via a Trade or Waiver claim, the Club would exceed its twenty-three (23) man Active Roster limit then, at the time the Player (“Player A”) returns to the Club’s Active Roster (in the case of (i)) or is added to the Club’s Active Roster (in the case of (ii)), the Club may request Waivers on a different Player (“Player B”) and also the Club can simultaneously request Non-Roster status for such “Player B.” Such request shall be made in writing to Central Registry, with a copy to the NHLPA, all in accordance with Exhibit 3. Upon approval of the Commissioner, such “Player B” will be removed from the Club’s Active Roster and the Club may replace such “Player B” with “Player A” on its Active Roster pending the expiration of the Waiver period set forth in Section 13.18. During the period of time “Player B” is granted Non-Roster status, both “Player A’s” and “Player B’s” Player Salary and Bonuses are included in the Club’s Actual and Averaged Club Salary and the Players’ Share for purposes of Article 50. At the conclusion of the Waiver period for such “Player B,” if he has not been claimed, the Club must immediately (i.e., that day) Loan “Player B” to the Minors.
(c) The Commissioner may take whatever steps he deems necessary to investigate the circumstances under which a Player is placed, or remains, on the Non-Roster List. If the Commissioner has reason to believe that Non-Roster status has not been utilized properly by the involved Club, or that requests to designate a Player as Non-Roster are or were in any way improper, or if he determines that the Club has used the Non-Roster List to evade the Active Roster limit or otherwise Circumvent any provision of this Agreement, he may take such disciplinary action against the Club as he deems appropriate.