Dean Lombardi is already heavily into planning for the cap situation in the coming year (and years beyond):
10. Dean Lombardi had two separate three-hour conversations last week with capologist Jeff Solomon to map out some financial decisions. The biggest challenge for teams, Lombardi said, will be dealing with next year ($64.3 million US cap). That's down $6 million from this season and it looks like 2014-15 will have a higher number.11. The Kings began talking with Rob Scuderi, "but it's not far along yet," Lombardi said. They have about $15 million in room, with some restricted free agents who are really improving -- Slava Voynov, Kyle Clifford, Jordan Nolan and Jonathan Bernier, who's been excellent but has a murky future. Lombardi adds everything is being done with an eye on Dustin Brown, who is two years from unrestricted free agency.
- The health status of Willie Mitchell (will he be ready to play next year?).
- Scuderi's willingness to re-sign, and for how much.
- Which veteran defensemen or other useful players could be available on the trade/FA market.
- What, if any, moves will be made at this year's trade deadline.
- Ditto for moves at the draft.
- What kind of contract Voynov's camp is looking for.