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Salary Cap Outlook – The Central Division

Continuing on from where we left off on Thursday with the Metropolitan Division, it’s now time to take a look at the cap situations of the Western Conference teams, starting today with the Central Division.

*All figures according to CapGeek.com, with the Salary Cap being $69 million*

*2015-16 cap space does not include current unsigned RFA’s*

Part 3: Western Conference – Central Division 

Chicago Blackhawks 2014-15 Season:

Total players under NHL contract: 23 (14 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goalies)
Cap Payroll: $71,216,795
Overages: $60,000
Cap Space: -$2,216,795
RFA’s Remaining: None
Players on LTIR: None

Overview: The Blackhawks are in a very familiar position for this time of year, over the salary cap maximum. With no RFA’s remaining and 23 players onboard for next season, the current group is basically what you will see on the ice once October comes along. Being just over $2 million over the cap obviously means that a few moves have to be made, but that shouldn’t be a problem for GM Stan Bowman; it never has been before. Read the rest of this entry »

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NHL Rumors I: Blackhawks, Gardiner, Penguins and Jets

Scott Powers of ESPN: It seems unlikely that Kevin Hayes will sign with the Blackhawks. One of the reasons he hasn’t signed is that he may not see a quick path the NHL with the Blackhawks. It could take a year or two become a regular in their lineup. The Blackhawks have drafted a bunch of college players in the past, and they may start looking to sign them during their sophomore and junior seasons so that they don’t run into potential losing them to free agency after their senior year. The Blackhawks have until August 15th to sign Hayes to an entry-level deal or he will become a UFA.

“I’m sure the Blackhawks are going to be disappointed if [Hayes] walks for free,” said an NHL agent who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “It may motivate them to accelerate the process. In Kevin Hayes’ case, he was coming off a so-so junior year. I don’t think they made a mistake with him.”

Chris Johnston: Will be interesting to see how yesterday’s front office events impact their Jake Gardiner contract talks. They had been close on a short-term deal.

Will DePaoli: The Penguins had held talks with the David Booth before he decide to sign with the Maple Leafs. They didn’t present him with an offer.

Ken Wiebe: Source saying the Jets were among the teams talking with Booth before he signed with the Leafs.

 

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NHL Rumors III: Bruins, Predators, Hurricanes, Blackhawks and Oilers

  • Nicholas Goss of NESN: Loui Eriksson could find himself on the Bruins top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

    “I’m really comfortable with that. It’s a different look, but (Eriksson) is a very smart player,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said July 1 when asked about the idea of Eriksson slotting into the vacant first-line spot. “He’s a great two-way player. He plays a very smart game. I saw him play with the Sedins — he can play at that level. He can play on the matchup, so …

    “But having said that, he can move down the lineup and he’s comfortable with it. So I mean, the options are there. It would be nice to get a right shot — that would be a priority at some point — but I have no problem with (Eriksson) playing on that top line, and I’ve talked to (Krejci) about it, and he welcomes it. If you watch how Loui plays, he plays a real give-and-go game, and he’s very smart, passes to areas … He’s very compatible with (Krejci).”

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators are likely finished with free agency, but there are still a couple UFAs that might help them out: Daniel Alfredsson, Devin Setoguchi and Michael Del Zotto.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: If the Predators are looking to add some offense through the trade market, they could look at Jets Evander Kane. Cooper thinks the Predators should stay away from Kane due to his character issues. The Predators have pieces like Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis that might interest the Jets.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has spoken with Chad LaRose’s agent. Sides are still in the talking stage.
  • Scott Powers: The Blackhawks are still likely to be looking to add an experienced goalie on a two-way deal.
  • Lowetide: “One thing about trading Eberle is current GM didn’t draft him. History tells us it’s easier for a GM to deal a previously procured talent.”

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NHL Rumors II: Leafs Could Still Be Looking To Trade Franson … Oilers?

  • Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Cody Franson received his third straight one-year deal ($3.3 million) from the Maple Leafs. His new deal doesn’t mean the Maple Leafs won’t continue looking at moving him.

    “Toronto’s obviously where I want to be so I’m always hopeful there wasn’t a ton of truth to all those rumours,” Franson said in a conference call with reporters. “For me it’s all rumours until the phone rings. . . . You try to avoid it as best you can.”

  • James Mirtle: Was told over the weekend that the Maple Leafs and Cody Franson would settle on a deal in the $3.25 million range, with the same source saying that he would then be traded.
  • Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post: Franson will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason. The Maple Leafs could lose him for nothing if they don’t trade him or re-sign him before.

    “There’s no reason why we couldn’t sign him during the year, or at the end of the year,” said Leafs general manager Dave Nonis. “Part of it is, if the player wants to be with you, it makes it a lot easier to reach a deal.”

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Staples wonders if the Oilers should look at Franson. Franson is a right handed shot, and the Oilers already have Jeff Petry, Justin Schultz and Mark Fayne. He could fit in if one of the previous three is moved to the left side or traded. His trade value should not be high. If the Oilers can’t find a No. 1 defensemen, bringing in guys like Franson or Blackhawks Johnny Oduya is not a bad thing. The Leafs may be asking too much for him.

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NHL Rumors I: Ekblad, Red Wings, Hayes and Eichel

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel: Panthers 2014 1st round pick Aaron Ekblad knows he has to earn is spot along their blueline.

    “Obviously, I don’t expect a spot on this team. I have to earn it,” said Ekblad, who will participate in Canada World Juniors training camp in August. “This is just the first steppingstone to that goal. I don’t think until my first game I’ll feel that I’m finally here.”

    Bryan McCabe (player development) on Ekblad.

    “We certainly don’t want to rush any kids, but if he comes into camp and proves he can play we’re certainly not going to sent him back.”

  • George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland stands by their philosophy of not rushing their young kids.

    “Certainly when you’re a general manager and you make decisions, especially in this world today, we’re open for people to judge our decisions,” Holland said. “I’m OK with it. But I’m going to do what is in the best interest of the Red Wings. At the same time, I’m going to do what’s in the best interest of our young players. I’m not rushing young players.”

  • Joe Haggerty: Sounding like Kevin Hayes won’t be signing with the Blackhawks according to someone close to him. The Avalanche and Predators could be the leading candidates.
  • Elliotte Friedman: 2015 top draft prospect Jack Eichel has told Saint John of the QMJHL that he’ll be attending Boston University.

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NHL Rumors III: Friedman’s Final Thoughts of the Summer

  • Elliotte Friedman: Teams could be eyeing Coyotes Antoine Vermette, who has one year left on his deal. GM Don Maloney would like to sign to an extension.Have to think Ryan O’Reilly will follow Paul Stastny out of town. There is a $1.225 million salary gap in their arbitration filings, which is a less gap than what their contract talks were rumored to be.

    Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom’s linemate may depend on who their second line center is. They want to move Tom Wilson up in the lineup. Braden Holtby is their No. 1 starter. The Caps are lukewarm on the idea of trading Mike Green. They want to see how he does in Barry Trotz’s system.

    Shouldn’t be surprised if Christian Ehrhoff gets an extension after January 1st from the Penguins.

    The Islanders offered Jarome Iginla a four year contract.

    The Islanders will give Brock Nelson a shot with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

    The sale of the Islanders may have hit a snag last week.

    The Oilers are still looking for a center as they don’t want to rush Leon Draisaitl.

    Justin Schultz and Jake Gardiner could sign bridge deals.

    The Flames continue to tell teams they can take on players with a tough cap hit. The Flames would like adjust their blueline. Dennis Wideman’s name has been out there. They may have looked at Cody Franson.

    Rumors that the Canadiens asked the Maple Leafs about Joffrey Lupul. Sounding like the Leafs will keep him.

    Talk from teams that Evander Kane may start the season on Winnipeg.

    Canucks GM Jim Benning is concerned with their depth due to the heavy travel schedule. Benning on rumors that he is not a Chris Tanev fan:  “I don’t know where this comes from. I’m a big fan of his, he made big strides last year.”

    It’s thought that the Canucks and Oilers tried to trade for Blues Patrik Berglund. Berglund more likely to remain in St. Louis after the departure of Vladimir Sobotka.

    Talk that the Blues tried to trade for Jason Garrison before he was dealt to Tampa Bay.

    If Jason Spezza accepted the trade to Nashville, it would have been similar to what the Predators gave up for James Neal. (Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling)

    Ales Hemsky will start the season with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Valeri Nichushkin could lineup with Jason Spezza.

    Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Braydon Coburn rumors: “He’s a big man who can skate. Not surprised people ask about him.” Teams saying Flyers are looking at other options first.

    If he doesn’t sign with the Blackhawks, the Bruins and Penguins could be favorites to land Kevin Hayes over the Panthers.

    Dmitry Kulikov’s three-year contract with the Panthers may not mean trade rumors are over.

    Teammate said that striping Joe Thornton of his captaincy may not force him out. Thornton got the “C” when they striped it from Patrick Marleau.

    There has never been talks between the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, about returning.

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NHL Rumors II: Blackhawks, Nylander and the Stars

  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: The Blackhawks will be $1.3 million or $2.2 million over the salary cap depending on whether Teuvo Teravainen is given a roster spot. The Blackhawks need to shed at least one contract and GM Stan Bowman doesn’t appear to be worried. Trade talk usually picks up in September.

    “Everyone likes their team right now,” Bowman said. “But once training camp rolls around and you start playing some exhibition games, [sometimes] you realize maybe that the way you drew it up in June and July isn’t playing out the way you hoped. I’m not saying we’re waiting until training camp, but that is another time period when things do change more often.”

  • Tracy Myers of CSN Chicago: Blackhawks Brandon Saad would love to have a contract  extension by now, but he isn’t really worried about it.

    “Obviously it would be nice to get it done and have that out of the way, I guess, instead of focusing it on the year. But if it doesn’t happen there’s not much you can do. You play the season,” Saad said. “Hopefully it happens during the year and, if not, next summer. So we still have quite a bit of time to get it done, and we’ll see when it happens.”

    Saad is entering the final year of a deal that pays him $832,000 and he’ll be getting a nice raise from that on a new deal.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: At the draft Panthers GM Dale Tallon was considering trading back to draft William Nylander. The Maple Leafs ended up drafting him and may be leaning towards sending Nylander back to Sweden to play next year.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars still have RFAs in Antoine Roussel, Brenden Dillon and Cody Eakin to re-sign. Once they are locked up, they’ll have 14 forwards under contract including Rich Peverely who may not be able to play and six defensemen. The Stars and Roussel are scheduled to go to arbitration and he could get a deal in the $1.5 million per season range. Heika thinks Dillon could get contract in the $1.5 million per season range as well.

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NHL Rumors I: Bruins D and Lucic, Staal and The Next To Push Salaries

  • Amalie Benjamin of the Globe: The Bruins have nine NHL/NHL-caliber defenseman, not including Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow who are close.

    “We can’t go into the year with nine NHL defensemen,” Chiarelli said earlier in the offseason. “So at some point I have to do something there, but I’m in no hurry. It may be that we see how the preseason goes, with who’s mixing, who’s matching with whom.”

    Moving 2015 UFA Johnny Boychuk would bring back the biggest return, as well as giving them the most cap relief.

  • Ken Campbell of the Hockey News: Milan Lucic has recently had the pins removed from his offseason surgery and he’ll be starting his physio soon. Lucic won’t apologize for what he said to Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin but realizes he should have handled the handshake line a little differently.

    “I’m not going to apologize for how I acted or what was said,” Lucic said. “But at the end of the day, thinking about it now, maybe I definitely could have handled the situation better than I did. But more than saying what I said to the players, I was upset with losing. I was upset with losing to them. We had such a great team that had won the Presidents’ Trophy and that being the end and losing the way that we did, I think it all just accumulated to me losing my cool in the handshake.”

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers should turn their attention to locking up Marc Staal after they go through their three potential arbitration cases. He has one year left on his deal. A contract extension could be for six-years in the $5.5 million a year range. Unless he suffered another concussion this season, he could easily fetch that amount on the open market.The next player to push the salary ceilings like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane just did with their $10.5 million contracts is Steven Stamkos in 2016. He could go $12 million plus a season if he chooses too. John Tavares will be looking for a new deal in 2018.

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NHL Rumors II: The Blackhawks and Their Salary Cap Situation

  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: With the Blackhawks being $1.3 million over the salary cap, they will have to trade at least one player, and the players are aware of the teams situation.

    “Yeah, I know,” Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell said about someone having to go before the season. “I haven’t really looked too much into it. There’s a couple adjustments that need to take part to get through this cap thing, but I’m not hearing anything, which is good. It’s going to work out the way it is, and, hopefully, it will work for the best.”

    Johnny Oduya has one year left at $3.375 million and has been rumored as a potential player to be moved.

    “I wouldn’t say nervous, but you know the reality of the business,” Oduya said. “And I’ve been around it for a couple of these situations where you might be a little bit over. Or, on the other hand, you’re the cheaper player and you can fit in in a different way. It’s not really much you can do but realize the situation and you prepare for the season the same way.”

    Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on their cap situation.

    “We certainly have to be ready to go by October,” Bowman said. “That’s the goal. A lot of things change between now and then. You have to display some patience.

    “Like I said all along, we have some ideas of what we’re going to do. A lot of things happen once camps open both for us and for other teams, in terms of players maybe you expect to meet expectations don’t quite do it and certain teams are looking around trying to find players. I always think you’re always in a good position when you have a lot of established players. I think that’s better than the other way around.”

  • Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago: Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya broke his foot in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final and likely wouldn’t have been able to play if they had advanced. He should be ready for the start of training camp, if he’s still with the team. The Blackhawks are around $2 million over the cap and need to shed some salary by the start of the season. Oduya’s name has been in the rumor mill, but he hasn’t heard anything from the Blackhawks.

    “We’ll see what happens,” he said. “I’m very, very happy to be here. This is the place where I really enjoy playing hockey, I’ve loved it here so far and I think I’ll like it in the future, too. If that’s not the case, I’ll go somewhere else.”

  • Mark Lazerus: Patrick Sharp: “If you start worrying about it, start paying attention to the rumors, you’re going to drive yourself crazy.” … “There’s going to be talk, discussion, rumors. It’s part of the business. I think what my agent said was pretty self-explanatory.”

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NHL Rumors IV: Hayes, Rangers, Bruins and Hiller

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Blackhawks are still talking to Kevin Hayes about a contract, but if he’s not signed by August 15th, he’ll become UFA. The Rangers will be just one of the teams that will be interested in signing him if he becomes available.

    The Rangers continue talks with RFAs Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard.

    Kreider has a July 23rd arbitration hearing and could get a deal in the $2.1 to $2.3 million range.

    Zuccarello has a July 25th hearing and could get a deal in the $3.7 to $4 million range. He is thought to be looking for at least $4.5 million a season.

    Brassard has a July 28th hearing and will likely get between $4.5 and $4.7 million. He’s been looking for a long-term deal in the $5.5 million range.

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins have some cap issues this season, and will have some contract decisions to make for their 2015-16 roster as well. David Krejci will be a UFA and will looking for a nice long-term contract. Johnny Boychuk could ask for Brooks Orpik money, five years and $25 million. Carl Soderberg will be looking for a raise from his $1 million deal.

    “There is wanting to remain with a winning organization, and then there’s wanting to get them to the market. To me, there is a difference and they don’t always merge,” said Chiarelli. “They don’t always merge, people tend to think they have to merge but they don’t always merge. So we have guys coming up that we have to sign and we’re planning for it.

    “[Contract values] will go up, it’ll go up because [the current CBA] is an upwards magnet. That’s not unexpected. When the cap is expected to rise, teams will continue to spend more money. It’s hard to delve into the completely free market because you saw some of [the July 1 free agent] deals. All it takes is one team to pay that money or term and you’re right there with them then. That’s why we’re trying to keep the guys we can keep, and we’re going to have to pay the money. It’s not going to be cheap.”

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