Here’s the latest dish:
Signing Gaborik is top, top priority for Lombardi as all of the dominoes will fall shortly thereafter. The rumors of Gaborik being offered 3 years at 5 million each is not quite true.
- DL has to re-sign RFA Dwight King who will likely sign for 2-2.5 mil
- DL also wants to extend Alec Martinez who has a year left on his current deal before becoming a UFA
- Williams and Stoll are both UFA’s following next season. Williams likely to be extended, Stoll not so much as Vey will be expected to take his place or Richards may find himself a permanent fixture on the 3rd line.
- Kopitar is only TWO years away from being a UFA and he’ll need to be extended on July 1st 2015
- Pearson, Toffoli, Nolan, Muzzin and Jones are all RFA’s next season and are expected to garner significant raises.
Which brings us back to Gaborik.
Since he tends to be injury prone, Lombardi has offered a very reasonable incentive laden contract. With Regehr, Stoll and Williams coming off the books next season, DL will have some $$$ to spare.
Hearing with bonuses, the deal could be easily reached at 7 million.
Between Kopitar, Brown, Carter, Richards, Doughty and Quick, in SALARY this season, their combined total will be 42 million. Add Gaborik to that mix and 7 players will be earning close to 50 million. I know the CAP is much less, but its still a BUSINESS and there is a BUDGET.
Would it surprise you if Dean Lombardi traded Dustin Brown? 15 goals and 12 assists? Those numbers were worse than Dwight King. Brown isn’t going to playing on the top line if Gaborik is signed and it looks like the 70’s line is a permanent fixture on the 2nd line, so the Kings are paying 7 million for a 3rd line winger? Isn’t it bad enough the Kings are paying 7 million for a 4th line Center in Richards?
Manchester needs to be stockpiled, especially if Williams and Stoll will be gone next season. Brown would bring back at least 2 almost ready prospects.
Dustin Brown falls into Bernie Nicholls category. Trade him while his value is high.
WHAT DO THE KINGS NEED?
- Where DOES Dwight King belong? 15g and 15a in 77 games. 3rd line?
- Kyle Clifford was almost traded. Is he?
- Do they re-sign Jeff Schultz, or will he take an overinflated deal elsewhere, since its looking like Derek Forbort will be trade bait as guys like Andrew Bodnarchuk have surpassed him in the depth charts.
- Willie Mitchell is looking for 2 years, 8 million. That might be too rich for Lombardi and he may look to bring in a “filler” vet at around 3 mil (Derek Morris? Ron Hainsey?)
- Matt Greene is considering retirement but may bolt if a team is stupid enough to pay him 5 million (hard to turn THAT down) – His body is toast.
- Will Jarome Iginla rejoin his old coach who has now won TWO Stanley Cups while JI missed out with Pittsbugh AND Boston? He signed with Boston for 1.8 million plus BONUES (which he achieved) which didn’t count against the cap last season (but will for this season).
- Lombardi will kick the tires on Brooks Orpik but in the end, he signs elsewhere for a helluva lot more money Lombardi would be offering. He would be a “perfect fit.” Lombardi made the right decision to let Scuderi go. Scuderi could have had another cup.
- Would you be shocked if Lombardi signed Quick’s brother-in-law Matt Moulson for 5 million and let Gaborik walk?
- There is ZERO interest in Mike Cammalleri
And where the hell do you put Mike Richards, who had an abysmal season? I know he promised Lombardi he would “get in shape” but so did Dustin Penner and so did Alexander Frolov. Eklund says Toronto (and probably Lie-weekly) are making a big push to acquire him. Toronto has some decent prospects and almost always stupidly trades them away.
Manchester is incredibly THIN at the forward position as Linden Vey is the only likely candidate to fight for a spot. (No talk about O’Neill who had a decent season). The Mayor insists Andy Andreoff will crack the lineup, but I’ll say he’s still another year away and he’s at best a replacement for Clifford on the 4th line. Where does that leave Nolan?
Lombardi is likely to stockpile kids that are a year away. If I’m Lombardi I’m looking at a big Center just in case Anze decides to test the FA market 2 years from now (he could have his number retired… wait… didn’t we go through this once before by some hashmark named Blake?)
I’ve been hearing how much the Kings are in love with Michael Mersch (who had an excellent season at Wisconsin), but they’ve had a hard on for Andrew Campbell and he only this season cracked the lineup… and he’s a free agent.
Brayden McNabb should fight for defensive playing time this season.
How come the Monarchs haven’t named a coach yet?
I’m glad the Kings were smart enough to lock up John Stevens. The players didn’t like him much as a coach in Philadelphia (about as much as the Blues players liked Davis Payne)
Isn’t it weird the Kings won the Stanley Cup but don’t pick 30th?
The Kings traded Dan Carcillo for a “conditional” 7th round pick which would mean the Kings would have the last TWO picks in the draft… but what ARE those “conditions”?
LOOKING BACK AT THE SUTTER HIRING:
Remember when Scott Burnside of ESPN wrote:
(Darryl Sutters’ hiring is) a misguided calculation that will end badly for both men and for a franchise that looked like it was on the yellow brick road.
Email from Anschutz to Leiweke: “the team had damn well better perform as promised or i am going to come at you loaded for bear”
Lieweke’s response “LOL, okay Mr A, I know, I know”
Rich Hammonds poll already has 66% of the fans saying “no” to Sutter.
WHO GOES WHERE?
Marty Brodeur: Best fit? Detroit
RJ Umberger: Best fit? Nashville/Phoenix/Ottawa if CBJ picks up some salary SO MUCH FOR THOSE THREE!
HOW’D THAT WORK OUT FOR YOU?
San Jose – Adam Burish – 4 years, 7.2 mil
Winnipeg – Olli Jokinen – 2 years, 9 million
Minnesota – Torrey Mitchell – 3 years 5.7 million
Detroit – Mikael Samuelsson – 2 years, 6 million
Colorado – P.A. Parenteau – 4 years, 16 million
Detroit – Jordin Tootoo – 3 years, 5.7 million
Carolina – Alexander Semin – 1 year, 7 million
Calgary – Jiri Hudler, 4 years, 16 million
L.A. – Dustin Penner – 1 year, 3.25 million
Minnesota – Zach Parise – 13 years, 98 million
Dallas – Ray Whitney – 2 years, 9 million
Anaheim – Daniel Winick – 2 years, 3.6 million – released just yesterday
Tampa Bay – Benoit Pouliot – 1 year, 1.8 million – didn’t do shit for TB but was stellar for NYR
Colorado – Greg Zanon – 2 years, 4.5 million – bought out
Anaheim – Bryan Allen – 3 years, 10.5 million – BARGAIN
Vancouver – Jason Garrison – 6 years, 27.6 million
Minnesota – Ryan Suter – 13 years, 98 million
Florida – Filip Kuba – 2 years, 8 million
T.B. – Matt Carle -6 years, 33 million
T.B. – Sami Salo – 2 years, 7.5 million
Minnesota – Matt Cooke – 3 years, 7.5 million
N.J. – Michael Ryder – 2 years, 7 million
T.B. – Valtteri Filppula – 5 yeaers, 25 million
Nashville – Eric Nystrom – 4 years, 10 million
Nashville – Matt Hendricks – 4 years, 7.4 million
Detroit – Stephen Weiss – 5 years, 24.5 million
Toronto – David Clarkson – 7 years, 36.75 million
Nashville – Viktor Stalberg – 4 years, 12 million
Nashville – Matt Cullen – 2 years, 7 million
Columbus – Nathan Horton – 7 years, 37.1 million
Pittsburgh – Rob Scuderi – 4 years, 13.5 million
Ottawa – Clarke MacArthur – 2 years, 6.5 million
Edmonton – Boyd Gordon – 3 years, 9 million
Edmonton – Andrew Ference – 4 years, 13 million
Montreal – Daniel Briere – 2 years, 8 million
Philadelphia – Vincent Lecavalier – 5 years, 22.5 million
Philadelphia – Mark Streit – 4 years, 21 million
I’m VERY curious to see if Ryan Callahan gets his money – He gave up a chance to play for the cup.
Vanek? Which dumb ass team winds up signing VANISH?
Wouldn’t it be great if Anaheim didn’t get EITHER Spezza or Thornton or Kesler?
Has Dustin Penner played his final game in the NHL?
One last thing… to Richard Cloutier… YOU MISSED OUT ON MAKING A TON OF FUCKING MONEY BUB!!!