High-powered meetings take place in the White House every day.
The salary cap is of great concern to Lombardi, who is juggling numbers for several players who can become free agents after this season. Right wing
Bettman said during the recent All-Star weekend that the faltering Canadian dollar is likely to bring next season's cap in under the initial projection of $73 million, perhaps to as low as $71.7 million if the Canadian dollar is worth 80 U.S. cents, where it is currently trading. Though Bettman said the difference isn't dramatic, that amount is important to teams like the Kings that have been close to the cap limit and might find they won't have as much space as they'd anticipated to re-sign key players.
“It’s a matter of how all these pieces fit into the puzzle,” Lombardi said Tuesday, after the Kings prepared for their game against the
Lombardi said he and Jeff Solomon, the Kings’ cap expert, have talked to their players’ representatives about new contracts but the Kings have generally held off on going too far because they want to get a better idea of where the cap might fall the next few seasons. Lombardi also said he’s waiting to see if
In addition, the Kings are awaiting resolution of
"We're putting out feelers to a number of guys and trying to make all the pieces fit," Lombardi said.