Kings $160 short of icing a full roster

Los Angeles Kings' Robyn Regehr, right, looks to pass the puck as Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker reaches in. (Christine Cotter/AP)

The Barenaked Ladies have a famous song called “If I Had $1000000”.

In the Los Angeles Kings case, they only need $160.

According to Jeff Solomon, vice president of hockey operations for the Kings, the team is short that amount in order to call up a player with a minimum NHL salary from their AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs.

LA Kings on Twitter: “Anyone have $160 we can borrow?”

Defenceman Robyn Regehr left practice on Friday and the club is unsure of his status for their game tonight against the Vancouver Canucks.

Should Regehr not play, the team would be left with five healthy defencemen, one fewer than normal.

Chris Johnston on Twitter: “If the game was Sunday, rather than tomorrow, the #LAKings would have enough cap space to recall a defenceman.”

The minimum NHL salary is $550,000 with the NHL salary cap standing at $69 million.

The team has played short-handed before, most recently on Oct. 28 against the Philadelphia Flyers due to the suspension of Slava Voynov, whose $4.167 million cap hit is still on the books.

Chris Johnston on Twitter: “Notable part of #LAKings cap issue is that it’s a totally unprecedented situation since Voynov is suspended with pay. Can’t fault team/NHL.”


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