Just a note for those who might be baffled that the Kings aren’t considered favorites for a certain set of twins, based on all the salary-cap space available. Think of it this way… Look for a chart of team salaries beyond next season. Look, for example, at who is under contract for 2011-2012:
Kopitar, $6.8 million
Stoll, $3.6 million
Brown, $3.175 million
Greene, $2.95 million
That’s four players, at just over $16.5 million. If, then, you factor in two more forwards at roughly $6 million per year, you’re talking about six players making $28 million. Assuming the salary cap doesn’t go down (a risky assumption), that’s half the payroll on six players. Then you’re talking about filling the rest of the roster (at least 14 players) for $28 million.
Impossible? Certainly not, but consider that in the summer of 2011, Jonthan Bernier, Drew Doughty, Thomas Hickey, Oscar Moller and Wayne Simmonds will all, potentially, be restricted free agents. Can you make that math work? Maybe, but these are the kind of things that give headaches to GMs when they think about long-term deals.