Since there was a question about cap space, I thought I would try to do the numbers myself. I come up with a team cap hit of just over $48.01 million, if you take into account the 23 players who are likely to make the opening-game roster. (plus McCauley’s buyout, which I forgot the first time I added it up!) There are two problems with that. One, we don’t know exactly what the 23-man roster will be and two, I’m not completely certain about how the bonuses figure in. The actual cap number could be slightly higher if I miscalculated the bonuses for guys such as Johnson and Kopitar.
Anyway, I compiled that using Armstrong, Brown, Calder, Cammalleri, Frolov, Handzus, Kopitar, Murray, Nagy, O’Sullivan, Thornton, Willsie, Blake, Johnson, Modry, Preissing, Stuart, Visnovsky, Cloutier and LaBarbera. (Plus McCauley’s buyout)
Kyle…I think the Kings have been counting on losing that $2.5 million all along. I don’t believe there were ever any plans to have Tverdovsky in a Kings uniform this year. But I don’t think any more money will be spent this summer.
Whothepuck…Selling ad space on a page that’s getting great numbers, in a newspaper industry that’s struggling financially? Wow, what a concept! But yet…
Francis…If you, or anyone else, has any comments about the Daily News sports section or its blogs, I would recommend contacting sports editor Kevin Modesti.
Finally, the Kings haven’t heard anything official about Tverdovsky yet. I think we all know where this is headed, but it has yet to become official. I’m told that the Kings would need to “assign” Tverdovsky to the Russian team, which they will do if he really has signed/does sign a contract over there. So hopefully we’ll hear something soon.