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Salary Cap Outlook – The Atlantic Division

The NHL’s salary cap system was put in place after the 2004-05 lockout to try to even the playing field between teams and eliminate over-spending.

As you know, over-spending still happens, and there are still teams (Boston, Chicago, LA, etc.) who are far superior to others (Edmonton, Florida, Buffalo, etc.).

The cap has virtually just called for more creative long-term contracts when trying to land, or keep, a marque free agent (think Shea Weber, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane) and shorter, small contracts for mediocre players.

Some teams struggle to hit the cap floor, while some struggle to stay under the max. Let’s take a look at each teams cap situation for the coming 2014-15 season, as well as the 2015-16 season.

This will be written as a four part series over the next week, looking at one division’s teams at a time.

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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 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: Red Wings, Panthers, Penguins, Wild and Predators

  • George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings have yet to sign RFAs Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser, and they don’t appear to be close. Tatar is looking over a recent offer.

    “We’ve talked and continue to talk, but nothing close,” Holland said Friday.

    “Tats is overseas, and I’m waiting to hear back,” Holland said. “On the DeKeyser front, we met them in early June. We talked briefly at the draft, and we haven’t really talked much in July. I’ve made what I think are pretty good offers. They haven’t really countered. We’re just in the waiting process.”

    The Wings are also working on a deal with RFA Landon Ferraro.

  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon is still talking about trading a young defenseman for a veteran defenseman or scorer. Sounding like Robak and Petro could be on the block. Tallon is praising Jonathan Racine, who could have a shot at the sixth or seventh spot along with Olsen, Robak and Petro.
  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins have $6.4 million in salary cap space, with most of that likely going to RFAs Brandon Sutter and Nick Spaling, as well as signing a 13th forward.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Wild have decided not to re-sign defenseman Nate Prosser to one-way contract. They had been debating whether to do so or not.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Potential defensive pairing for the Predators: Roman Josi – Shea Weber, Mattias Ekholm – Ryan Ellis, Anton Volchenkov – Seth Jones.

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NHL News: Perlini Signs, Free Agent Signings for Panthers and Bruins

  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers two-year deal with Brendon Pirri is for $875,000 in the first year and $975,000 in the second.
  • Boston Bruins: Jordan Caron’s contract is for one-year, one-way and $600,000.
  • Boston Bruins: Craig Cunningham’s contract is for one-year, two-way and $600,000 in the NHL, $85,000 in the AHL.
  • Boston Bruins: Justin Florek’s contract is for one-year, two-way and $600,000 in the NHL, $90,000 in the AHL.
  • Boston Bruins: Tommy Cross’s  contract is for one-year, two-way and $600,000 in the NHL, $72,500 in the AHL.
  • Boston Bruins: Tyler Randell’s contract is for one-year, two-way and $575,000 in the NHL, $70,000 in the AHL.
  • Boston Bruins: Zach Trotman contract is for two-years. The first year is a two-way deal with $600,000 in the NHL and $80,000 in the AHL. The second year of the deal is one-way and worth $650,000.

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NHL News: Panthers Re-Sign Dmitri Kulikov

  • TSN Hockey: The Panthers have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Dmitri Kulikov to a three-year contract worth $13 million.

The deal carries a $4.33 million salary cap hit.

Kulikov was drafted 14th overall in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Panthers.

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NHL Rumors III: Sharks, Dmen That Could Be Available and Kulikov

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Despite saying that the Sharks on in a “rebuild phase,” GM Doug Wilson still wants to win.

    “I never lowered the expectations of making the playoffs, because we’re still a very good team,” Wilson said.

    “I can understand when people say there are different types of rebuild,” he said. “We’re not going to finish last to try and draft people first or second. This is not something this franchise can do, because we already have some good players in key positions. You’re not going to see us with 50 points next year — we’re too good a team for that.”

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Defenseman that could be available for trade this offseason:

    1. Mike Green – the Avalanche and Red Wings have been mentioned as potential landing spots if the Capitals decide to trade him. If the Caps don’t move him this summer, and if they are out of contention at the trade deadline, they could trade him then.

    2. Dion Phaneuf – carries a big cap hit and was rumored to be part of the Maple Leafs offer to the Panthers for the first overall pick at the 2014 draft.

    3. Tyler Myers – Sabres GM Tim Murray isn’t actively shopping his young players, but added that he’d listen to offers. Offers would have to be huge. There have been rumors that the Canucks and Red Wings have had interest.

  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said they are very close on a deal with defenseman Dmitri Kulikov.

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NHL Rumors I: Bruins, Wings, Canucks, Panthers, Avs, Leafs and Isles

  •  Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins are not looking at the free agent market and are focusing on their own. They could stand pat, but if they want to add a right winger, it’s likely to come through a trade according to source.

    “If we do anything at all it would be a trade rather than a free agent signing at this stage,” said the source. “We’ll see what happens.”

    The source shot down free agent Peter Mueller and there wasn’t must enthusiasm for Lee Stempniak. Daniel Alfredsson may intrigue them, but all signs pointing to him remaining with the Red Wings if he plays next year. If they look to add depth, some trade chips could be: Matt Bartkowski, Jordan Caron, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille and David Warsofsky. If they are looking for a higher end player, Johnny Boychuk or Brad Marchand may come up in talks. There had been twitter talk of a Boychuk for Tomas Jurco trade, but there no indications if the division rivals would help each other out.

  • News 1130 Sports: Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom“I did not ask for a trade after the Ryan Miller signing. I could have stopped training, complained and asked for trade after Miller signing but I see this as a challenge.”
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon reiterated yesterday that he’s willing to trade some young assets for a goal-scoring forward.
  • Adrian Dater: (answering a question) Haven’t heard of any talk about a Ryan O’Reilly for Dion Phaneuf trade.
  • Daniel Friedman: “Between Tavares, Okposo, Strome, Nelson, Lee, Dal Colle, Ho-Sang — would #Isles even need Evander Kane 3-4 years from now? Not convinced. And you can add Grabovski to that mix too (and Kulemin, depending on how he plays) because he’s here for the next four years as well. To me, defense is the bigger priority right now. The offense is there and will probably be for the next decade or so.”

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NHL News: Gudbranson, Cleary, Hannan, Smith and McCollum

  • Cap Geek: The Panthers re-signed Erik Gudbranson for two-years, $5 million.
  • Florida Panthers: GM Dale Tallon on Gudbranson signing.

    “Erik is an important part of our young core of talented players who we are pleased to have signed,” said Tallon. “He is a big, strong and physical defenseman who is one of the building blocks for our team. We look forward to his continued development and his contributions to the South Florida community.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings signed Daniel Cleary to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million with another $1 million in bonuses. Red Wings GM Ken Holland on the re-signing,

    “has more to do with last year. My program has been one of loyalty, and there’s good things and bad things that go with that. Way more good, in my opinion. I reached out to a lot of people before signing Dan, and he’s very popular in our organization and with our on-ice leaders.”

    Clearly signed a one-year, $1.75 million deal last year after Mike Babcock pushed hard for him to accept their deal and not the three-year, $8.25 million deal from the Flyers. A verbal agreement was made that they would take care of Cleary this summer.

  • Cap Geek: The Leafs re-sign Trevor Smith to a one-way deal.
  • NHLFreeAgents: The Red Wings re-sign goaltender Thomas McCollum to a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000.
  • David Pollak: The Sharks sign Michael Haley and Bryan Lerg.
  • Erik Erlendsson: The Lightning re-signed winger Brett Connolly to a one-year, two-way contract.

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NHL Rumors II: Blackhawks, Panthers, Devils, Wings, Leafs and Penguins

  • Jason Greger: Shannon said that he’s hearing that the Blackhawks are looking to trade Johnny Oduya to get under the salary cap. He has one year left on his deal. Gregor thinks the Oilers should be calling.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon is looking trade some of their organizational “assets” for a goal scorer.
  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Going off of Tallon looking to trade some of their assets for a scorer and with the Blackhawks in a little bit of cap crunch, Halford wonders if the Panthers would be interested in Patrick Sharp. Sharp’s name has been in the rumor mill. He has a $5.9 million cap hit though 2017.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils Lou Lamoriello on free agent Ryan Carter.

    “We’re still interested in bringing Ryan back. He’s still interested in here. Nothing has happened at this point,” the GM said.

    Lamoriello on a potential trade.

    “We felt we had to do some things with our offense (in free agency) but we’re constantly looking at what we can do to get better, whether it’s now, during the summer, in training camp or the beginning of the season. If there is something we can do today or tomorrow to get better, we will do that.

    “Right now we feel very good about what has transpired… Right now our goaltending is set, we have our defense set and right now, for the most part, our offense is pretty well intact. But I could not say something won’t happen.”

  • Greg Brady: Brady wonders why the Red Wings rushed to sign backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson when the Maple Leafs could be looking to trade Cody Franson and James Reimer. Would have been ideal for the Red Wings. Franson would have fit in as their fourth or fifth defenseman and on their second power play unit. Reimer would have pushed Howard and potentially could have been a better option.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: Former Penguin Aleksey Morozov has had his contract with CSKA Moscow of the KHL terminated.

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