Los Angeles Kings General Manager Rob Blake has a very important, and expectedly busy offseason ahead of him. Trade deadline pickups Vladislav Gavrikov and Joonas Korpisalo are both pending unrestricted free agents, but the list of restricted free agents that need to put new ink to paper is much longer.
Both the Kings and the Reign have several pieces who need new contracts and with the cap space Rob Blake has available, it may force him to move on from some guys to either free up enough cap space for the RFA’s and/or have enough room to bring back Gavrikov and Korpisalo.
As of right now, the Kings have $1,345,028 in salary cap space due to their maximum salary cap ($82 million dollars) being adjusted to $81,862,500. The difference is a result of a cap adjustment from last season that totaled $637,500.
Dion Phaneuf’s dead cap comes off the books after this season, but Mike Richards’ dead cap unfortunately does not. In fact, his runs through the end of the 2031-2032 season. However, it does drop from $900,000 to $700,000 for the next two seasons. If nothing changes, the cap space that the Los Angeles Kings would have next season is $7,586,666. But, things are most likely to change, including signing restricted free agents to new contracts.
Let’s take a look at who’s up for the Kings and needs a new contract.