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Jonas Gustavsson

NHL rules keeping Kings in salary-cap limbo

NHL rules keeping Kings in salary-cap limbo

When the Kings wanted to call up a defenseman from the minor leagues Saturday to replace the injured Robyn Regehr they consulted their calculators before they checked flight schedules.

Because they're near the salary cap limit and are carrying Slava Voynov's $4.1-million salary while he's suspended with pay by the NHL and under investigation on suspicion of domestic violence, they didn't have enough cap space to summon a defenseman earning even the league-minimum of $550,000. The gap was $160.

"I had more money in my pocket. I was willing to contribute the difference," said Jeff Solomon, the Kings' senior vice president of hockey operations and legal affairs....