from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, In 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning were celebrating a warm-weather Stanley Cup championship in the same way that the Los Angeles Kings are today. But once the NHL endured a full year on the sidelines thanks to a contentious labour dispute, general manager Jay Feaster’s first order of business was to tear apart his team to comply with the new salary cap.
Thankfully for the Kings, they may not need to do that, no matter how the landscape may look when the NHL reconvenes. General manager Dean Lombardi painstakingly built his team through the draft and has virtually all the core pieces under contract for the upcoming season.
Only two of his players, defencemen Willie Mitchell and Rob Scuderi, are over the age of 30, with centre Jarret Stoll set to join them later this month. Getting Stoll’s name on a new contract, and getting goaltender Jonathan Quick to agree to a contract extension will be Lombardi’s twin priorities this summer.