Because they're near the salary cap limit and are carrying
"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. "But I didn't think that was going to work."
Because the cap changes daily, the Kings will have enough space Tuesday to sign defenseman
Redondo Beach detectives investigating the Oct. 20 incident between Voynov and his wife met with officials from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office on Monday. No announcement was made about whether charges will be filed.
That prolonged the Kings' journey through salary-cap limbo. By contrast, the
"How long is this supposed to go on? It's clear that the system is dysfunctional," Kings General Manager
"It has nothing to do with what he did. What he did is off to the side. That's indefensible. But if a guy does steroids — that's indefensible in its own right, too, but they're separate issues — you immediately get the cap space. What's ridiculous about this, if he gets convicted we get the cap space. If he doesn't, we're in never-never land. We get nothing. It's totally dysfunctional."
Lombardi repeated the Kings don't dispute the NHL's imposition of the suspension, but they believe the team is being punished by not getting cap relief.
"We've lost one of our top players. We get it," Lombardi said. "If he gets convicted, he's out. We get the space. Toronto's guy clearly does something out of bounds, they immediately get the space. How is this logical?"
A very good point.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Monday the league has "discussed a variety of alternatives that might potentially ease the Kings' cap and roster concerns," but the union has "not been inclined to agree to offering any relief." Union spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon said the league and the NHLPA "have been engaging in dialogue on the matter." The league and the union have their own agendas here, too. The union doesn't want players' 14% escrow payments to rise by even the small amount that would be generated by a replacement for Voynov.
The next step might be for Kings owner
In deciding this season to keep their
On the right track
The Canucks have won seven of their last nine games and rank third in the NHL at 11-5-0 under new General Manager Jim Benning and first-time NHL coach Willie Desjardins. What's most impressive is the resilience they displayed in rebounding from an ugly loss to the Kings on Saturday to beat the Ducks at Anaheim on Sunday.
"It usually takes some time to get together and learn a new system and everything but it has been quick," forward
"We're still growing as a team and it's going to be something where it's a work in progress," he said. "I think by the end of the season our goal is that when the Kings are playing their best system and we're playing our best system, it should be a really tight game and we hope to find ways to win those games by the end."
Good news that longtime