A lot of factors to count with here. Players developing, aging players, career-seasons and what not.
To me, Minnesota looks pretty bad right now regarding this. They only have 1,3 million dollars left making them the team with second least cap space left. They are nowhere that good. Heatley's contract will be a nice burden to get rid off.
Yeah Vancouver looks like a potentially tight situation after this season. 8 players are UFA yet CapGeek shows they'll have only $4m (a little less actually) in projected cap space which I guess is because Edler and Burrows new cap hits kick in....
They'll have to fill out that roster with cheap players and obviously move one of their goalies.
The off season should be pretty interesting for a lot of teams.
Minnesota may have problems in the long-term, especially if Parise or Suter regress and/or retire early with the recapture system.
Rangers will be tight next year but they should be fine. At worst, they won't be able to sign any big name UFAs in the next 3-4 years as their young guns all earn raises.
Don't know much about the situation in Vancouver but based on capgeek, looks like they will lose some players for sure. 14 players signed and only $4M in space? Even if they buy out someone, they are still looking at 13 players with around $8M in space.
Philly will be fine, their numbers on capgeek are misleading because Pronger is counted against the cap when he could be put on LTIR if necessary.