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Teams in 2013 Salary Cap Crunch

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03-30-2013, 09:38 PM
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Teams in 2013 Salary Cap Crunch

I've found it interesting to look at teams that will be in cap trouble come the offseason, so I figured I'd list some examples. Note that the expiring contracts include only those of players who are currently in the NHL, and that the cap space is that which will exist after the listed contracts expire.


Vancouver
Cap space: $3.9m (yikes!)

Expiring contracts:
Malhotra
Raymond
Higgins
Schroeder (RFA)
Lapierre
Weise (RFA)
Sestito (RFA)
Ebbett
Pinizzotto
Gordon
Alberts
Barker


Philadelphia
Cap space: $2.2m

Expiring Contracts:
Gagne
Fedotenko
Shelley
Knuble
Zolnierczyk
Rinaldo
Walker
Foster
Gustafsson
Huskins
Lauridsen
Leighton


Chicago

Cap space: $4.5m

Expiring contracts:
Kruger (RFA)
Stalberg
Mayers
Bickell
Roszival
Leddy (RFA)
Emery


NYR
Cap space: $11m

Expiring contracts:
Stepan (RFA)
Hagelin (RFA)
Zuccarello (RFA)
Hamrlik
McDonagh (RFA)
Sauer (RFA)
Eminger
Gilroy


Anaheim
Cap space: $10.8m

Expiring contracts:
Selanne
Koivu
Steckel
Palmieri (RFA)
Bilesky (RFA)
Lydman
Lovejoy


Honorable mentions: Pittsburgh, Montreal, Tampa, and Boston.

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03-30-2013, 10:19 PM
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Wow, didn't know it was looking so bad for NYR.

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I've found it interesting to look at teams that will be in cap trouble come the offseason, so I figured I'd list some examples. Note that the expiring contracts include only those of players who are currently in the NHL, and that the cap space is that which will exist after the listed contracts expire.


Vancouver
Cap space: $3.9m (yikes!)

Expiring contracts:
Malhotra
Raymond
Higgins
Schroeder (RFA)
Lapierre
Weise (RFA)
Sestito (RFA)
Ebbett
Pinizzotto
Gordon
Alberts
Barker
Manny, Sestito, Gordon and Barker won't be re-signed and with Luongo moved that becomes 9.5 M in space which should be more than enough.

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03-30-2013, 11:03 PM
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MTL will be fine once Kaberle's 4 million comes off the books.

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Flyers aren't really in trouble

That 2.2m doesn't include Pronger's almost 5m on LTIR and if briere is traded/bought out that's another 6.5m

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03-30-2013, 11:12 PM
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Philadelphia
Cap space: $2.2m

Expiring Contracts:
Gagne
Fedotenko
Shelley
Knuble
Zolnierczyk
Rinaldo
Walker
Foster
Gustafsson
Huskins
Lauridsen
Leighton
Pronger will be placed on LTIR. Instant $5 million in additional cap space. Shelley, Knuble, Walker, Foster, Huskins, Leighton will all surely be gone. The Flyers aren't in cap trouble for next season. It will be interesting, however, to see if either Briere or Bryzgalov is bought out in the offseason. I highly doubt Bryz would be bought out considering how much money he is owed over the next 7 years, but buying out Briere is a distinct possibility given that he is only due $5 million in total over the next two seasons, but his cap hit is $6.5 million.

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Anaheim
Cap space: $10.8m

Expiring contracts:
Selanne
Koivu
Steckel
Palmieri (RFA)
Bilesky (RFA)
Lydman
Lovejoy

No real problems here.

Koivu @3.5, Palmieri @2, Beleskey and Lovejoy both at 800K. Still leaves us with money for Selanne if he decides to comeback, or a replacement if we don't want to simply promote from within, which is more than likely.

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Looks like Chicago will have to be creative.

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Manny, Sestito, Gordon and Barker won't be re-signed and with Luongo moved that becomes 9.5 M in space which should be more than enough.
What happens if you can't move Luongo because the assets aren't good enough?

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Looks like Chicago will have to be creative.
Pretty sure they'll buyout Montador and Olesz. That would free up almost 6 millions. So that would leave 10 millions to sign Stalberg, Krueger, Leddy and Emery. I think they are going to be fine.

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Wow, didn't know it was looking so bad for NYR.
I think they'll trade Gaborik (7.5 m).

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Manny, Sestito, Gordon and Barker won't be re-signed and with Luongo moved that becomes 9.5 M in space which should be more than enough.
That's IF they are able to move him without taking some salary back.

And I don't 9.5 M is enough to sign Higgins, Lapierre, Raymond, Schroeder and a few depth players.

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Man, we (Flyers) have a lot of dead weight off the books next year.

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Flyers are fine next year, it is the year after when Giroux, Couts and B Schenn go RFA they will be in a pinch

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Will be interesting how many teams will opt to buy out players vs moving players for a below market return ala Campbell to Florida.

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You should edit that and show how many players those teams have under contract along with that cap space. Adds a whole different context to it.

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Calgary will be sitting pretty. They have been a cap team (and then some) for quite some time, and are rebuilding now.

All your bad contracts belong to us (for a price!)!!

In all seriousness, Calgary could really be positioned to either really take advantage of some desperate teams needing to move decent players, or 'buying a draft pick' by taking on a poor contract. Will be interesting to see what they do next season with respect to the cap.

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Boston is in trouble. Rask should be looking for $5-6.5 million/year and that might mean Horton is gone.

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Flyers aren't really in trouble

That 2.2m doesn't include Pronger's almost 5m on LTIR and if briere is traded/bought out that's another 6.5m
Doesn't Pronger's caphit count anyways because of the 35+ rule?

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Doesn't Pronger's caphit count anyways because of the 35+ rule?
Yes, but since Pronger will not officially retire, he is kept in LTIR and Philly can exceed the cap by amount equal to Pronger's cap hit and thus Pronger is effectively off the cap calculations (although PHI will be at cap, which could be problematic if they have bonuses)

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The Sabres are in terrible shape until you factor in the impending firesale of doom.

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Manny, Sestito, Gordon and Barker won't be re-signed and with Luongo moved that becomes 9.5 M in space which should be more than enough.
The Canucks will be in cap trouble if they dont find a way to move Ballard, Luongo and even Booth. Not enough money for the number of players they wil need to resign

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Boston is in trouble. Rask should be looking for $5-6.5 million/year and that might mean Horton is gone.
Rask will be pushing Carey Price territory, and I don't know if he really deserves it. Numbers have been good this year for him. Other than that, he really hasn't been clutch at all and he hasn't been consistent. Regardless I see Chia resigning him.

Horton's expected to be gone. He's been terrible this year and unless he can redo what he did in the playoffs two season ago, someone on the open market will pay too much for him.

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Anaheim isn't in cap trouble. We have a ton of cheap contracts to fill the holes while still leaving cap space for a modest signing or two. We just can't add a big contract at this point without moving one like Hiller's in the summer.

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The Canucks will be in cap trouble if they dont find a way to move Ballard, Luongo and even Booth. Not enough money for the number of players they wil need to resign
If they move Luongo and Booth/Ballard they can likely get everyone except Raymond (with $2.5M to find a replacement).

Since Kesler + Booth have basically been hurt all year, they're probably stronger next year, even without Raymond if both those guys can stay healthy.

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What happens if you can't move Luongo because the assets aren't good enough?
Then you could just dump Ballard + Booth and let Raymond + Higgins walk and run with Luongo + Schneider again.

You are reaching the point where having too much money locked up in goalies is a real issue though whereas now, there really isn't an issue since the Canucks have $11.5M of LTIR space available.

Not ideal but not completely unreasonable. Just giving up some 3rd line depth.

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Canucks situation is pretty disastrous in terms of 'status quo'...

But the solutions are pretty obvious at least. Luongo has to go. And at least one of Ballard/Booth as well. With those moves, the cap situation is actually very serviceable. But it is a tough spot, in that other teams are all going to recognize how screwed the Canucks are if they can't shed some dead weight.


The Rangers are the one that strikes me as particularly dire. They've got a lot of money tied up in top guys already...with a few key guys in Stepan+McD who will fetch a pretty significant price upgrade in the summer. And this is for a team already seeming to lack 'depth' post-Nash-trade. Makes it look like they really are in line for shedding some salary at the top end...be that Richards or Gaborik.

Philly also looks like a real trouble-spot to me, not so much in retaining what they have...but if they want to improve from where they're at this year, it's gonna have to be almost all 'internal improvement' under the cap, barring some big moves.

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I've found it interesting to look at teams that will be in cap trouble come the offseason, so I figured I'd list some examples. Note that the expiring contracts include only those of players who are currently in the NHL, and that the cap space is that which will exist after the listed contracts expire.


Vancouver
Cap space: $3.9m (yikes!)

Expiring contracts:
Malhotra
Raymond
Higgins
Schroeder (RFA)
Lapierre
Weise (RFA)
Sestito (RFA)
Ebbett
Pinizzotto
Gordon
Alberts
Barker
There is always trades and compliance buyouts. The Canucks buyout Ballard and trade Luongo and suddenly they add almost 10 million in space.

I think the cap drop will create a buyers market around the time of the draft because teams will be willing to trade away players for less than their value in order to avoid using compliance buyouts. For example I think a team will take on Keith Ballard if the cost to acquire him is minimal.

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