Thread: Salary Cap: The Oilers and the cap
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07-22-2013, 03:54 PM
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The Oilers and the cap

The Oilers are now over the cap. According to capgeek the Oilers have 13 forwards totaling 42,499,167 and if you take 7 defensemen totaling 18,700,000 (J. Shultz, Smid, Petry, N. Schultz, Ference, Belov, and Grebeshkov) and 2 goalies totaling 4,500,000. You can argue about which seven defensemen will make the team, but it will only save ~750,000.

13 Forwards - 42,499,167
7 Defensemen - 18,700,000
2 Goailies - 4,500,000
Total cap - 65,699,167
Upper limit - 64,300,000
Cap space - -1,399,167

Ben Eager 1,100,000? He will probably play in OKC again with Brown being better and Cheaper in his role.

The Oilers do have 9,150,000 in performance bonuses with this roster, which if it is still like the old CBA. The Oilers are able to go over the cap with bonuses, but they will be held against next years cap.

Next year the Oilers will gain some breathing room with Hemsky, N. Schultz, Jones, and Smyth being UFA clearing 11,250,000 of cap space. And the cap will probably go up 2 to 3 million. But that off season the Oilers have to re-sign Nugent-Hopkins, J. Schultz, Petry and Dubnyk or other starting goaltender. Which would be an estimated RNH ~6,000,000 (equal to Hall and Eberle contracts), J. Shultz ~5,000,000 , Petry ~2,500,000, Goaltender ~3,500,000 totaling 17,000,000. And the Oilers would still need to fill those roster spots, with an average of ~900,000 that is 3,600,000.

Granted you can Trade Petry and Replace him with Klefbom which would save ~1,250,000. But, I can't see the Oilers trading RNH, J. Schultz, or finding a starting goaltender for under 3,000,000.

The Year after that, Yakupov needs to be re-signed. At this point too much would have changed re-guarding the Oilers payroll. But it is still some thing to consider when signing other contracts.

I'd bet Mactavish is not done yet, and it is going to be an interesting few seasons. Could we see one of Hall, Eberle, RNH, Yakupov, or J. Schultz traded?


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