Monday, September 27, 2010

Kings Cut Down to 29

The Los Angeles Kings cut four players on Monday and also have four players awaiting their demotion due to injury, making their active roster down to 29 players.  Included in the cuts today were Oscar Moller, Alec Martinez, Andrew Campbell and Johan Fransson, while Marc-Andre Cliche, Ray Kaunisto, Colten Teubert and Vyacheslav Voinov are all injured with the club and are using the team's resources to get healthy before they head down to Manchester of the AHL.

Remaining on the current roster are 17 forwards, nine defense (including the injured Matt Greene) and three goalies, all vying to make the opening night roster for next week.  Four forwards, one defenseman and a goalie should expect to be cut in the next week, leading up to the end of the preseason, so the audition is on for the few remaining jobs.

Anze KopitarDrew DoughtyJonathan Quick
Dustin BrownJack JohnsonErik Ersberg
Ryan SmythWillie MitchellJonathan Bernier
Alex PonikarovskyRob Scuderi
Jarret StollMatt Greene
Michal HandzusDavis Drewiske
Wayne SimmondsPeter Harrold
Justin WilliamsVyacheslav Voynov
Brad RichardsonThomas Hickey
Scott ParseJake Muzzin
Marc-Andre ClicheColten Teubert
Richard Clune
Kyle Clifford
Ray Kaunisto
Trevor Lewis
Andrei Loktionov
Brayden Schenn
Kevin Westgarth
John Zeiler

Salary CapOkay, so the math gets a little sticky with all the names on the list and we're only taking away four of the five players in red for the moment.  This leaves us with the 29 players that are understood to be on the active camp roster and these players and one buyout come in at an annual cap projection of $62.5 million.  That puts the Kings about $3.1 million over the salary cap ceiling, which should be easily taken down by the demotions of five players to the minors.  It will be close though.

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