Anze Kopitar could play against Philadelphia, per kings coach Darryl Sutter (UPDATE)

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Anze Kopitar could play against Philadelphia, per kings coach Darryl Sutter (UPDATE)
Anze Kopitar could play against Philadelphia, per kings coach Darryl Sutter (UPDATE)

(UPDATE: Story updated after Kings coach Darryl Sutter indicated Anze Kopitar may play against Philadelphia.)

Oh the irony that the Los Angeles Kings would be having salary cap issues before they play the Philadelphia Flyers -- a team that has essentially hid non-retired, retired players on long-term injury reserve

Earlier in the morning Los Angeles Times scribe Lisa Dillman, said the Kings could play shorthanded Tuesday night at Philly with 19 players with Anze Kopitar being out. 

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This likely stems from Los Angeles being unable to call up a player because of their tenuous salary cap situation. Per CapGeek.com, the Kings have $458,106 of salary cap space as of Tuesday. 

A lot of this may have to do with the indefinite suspension of Slava Voynov by the NHL under suspicion of domestic violence. He's currently counted on the salary cap for Los Angeles, in spite of not being able to play. 

Per lakingsinsider.com, Kopitar -- who suffered an upper body injury against Columbus on Sunday -- could play per Kings coach Darryl Sutter. 

"He’s ready to go," Sutter said.

Does this mean he will be in? Per Rosen, Kopitar was on the injured line during rushes Tuesday morning.

So much drama!

Kings general manager Dean Lombardi took responsibility for the situation, to The Times, instead of throwing the league under the bus for putting the Kings in this situation, by not giving the team cap relief because of Voynov's alleged actions:

"This won’t happen again. Or it won’t be because we didn’t do a better job training them in strength, nutrition and development. This clearly sends a message you have a job to train your players as far as conduct away from the rink," Lombardi said. “The price is steep. It’s fine. I’ve learned my lesson.”

 


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