Greetings from Nashville, where the
Martin Jones was the first Kings goaltender off the ice, and you know what that means: He’s scheduled to start. Defenseman
Because Martinez appears close to returning, the Kings haven’t called up a defenseman from the
"I think we're OK right now in terms of numbers," he said. "The other thing, it's not just we're going to go out and blow the cap space to blow it. It still has to be the right guy."
“There’s two different issues. Do we need to call anybody up from the minors, whether it’s [
"Again, we're 20 games in and who can make that type of arrangement? I don't see it. But you never know."
However, he said the
"The only thing this has done is that at least now it gives us the clarity of what we can do," Lombardi said. "I think the most frustrating thing for the past month was not only did you have what was going to happen to Slava drag on, but obviously the cap issue. But at least we got clarity on that."
There are two pitfalls the Kings would face if they trade for someone to fill Voynov's spot. First, they'd have to plan for what they'd do if he is allowed to return and they'd have to get back under the cap limit. Also, if they acquire another player they'd still want to leave a cushion for the bonuses they potentially would have to pay Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson, who are both on entry-level contracts. Any amount the Kings go over the salary cap as the result of paying bonuses this season would result in their salary cap limit being reduced by that same amount next season.
Toffoli and Pearson have games-played bonuses in their respective contracts.
Asked about the team's performance over the first quarter of the season, Lombardi said he's inclined to let players police themselves and work back to a level where they're consistently playing well.
“I met with some of them and we talked about this the last time. I think there is a different dynamic in terms of coming off the second one,” he said, referring to the Kings’ second