With a little more than two months before the start of training camp, a realistic roster is taking shape for the Kings. Here’s a decent guess at how the roster could look, with 2009-10 salary-cap hits included:
Kopitar (6.8 million)
That would make for a salary-cap figure of roughly $49.9 million, with Johnson and Purcell still needing to be signed. If I had to guess, I think that you can add another $500K in, because I think Lombardi will still try to sign another defenseman (perhaps bringing back Denis Gauthier) in the $1-million range. A rough estimate of all of that might put the Kings in the range of $54-55 million, but also remember that there’s a cushion for bonuses, which is probably most relevant in Doughty’s contract. That would still allow the Kings to add a player at the trade deadline, and Lombardi has said that he would like to leave himself the flexibility to do so.
So that’s one way of looking at it, at the moment…