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Salary Cap Outlook – The Metropolitan Division

Continuing on from where we left off with the Atlantic Division, it’s now time to take a look at the cap situations of the other Eastern Conference teams in the Metropolitan (what a weird name) Division.

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

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

Part 2: Eastern Conference – Metropolitan Division

Carolina Hurricanes

2014-15 Season:

Total players under NHL contract: 20 (11 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goalies)
Cap Payroll: $63,080,000
Overages: None
Cap Space: $5,920,000
RFA’s Remaining: None
Players on LTIR: None

Overview: With no RFA’s left to sign, it remains to be seen if the Hurricanes will look to fill out the other forward spot from within, or make a move onto some of the remaining UFA’s. One such player could be Andrei Loktionov, who finished out last season with the team and still finds himself as a UFA. Carolina is in good cap shape heading into next season, despite paying four forwards over $5.75 million (Eric Staal, Alex Semin, Jordan Staal, and Jeff Skinner).

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NHL Rumors II: Rangers, Devils, Honka, Sobotka and Mueller

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Source saying both Chris Kreider and the Rangers are not willing to move off of their bottom-line numbers. Their arbitration hearing is set for this morning. Kreider submitted a $2.8 million offer, with the Rangers submitting a cap hit of $2.05 million, $1.9 million and $2.2 million on a two-year deal.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils could look to add a veteran or two on a tryout contract heading into training camp, but they don’t have anyone in mind at the moment. GM Lou Lamoriello will look at which players don’t have a contract closer to the start of camp,

    “There are a lot of players out there that haven’t signed. They’re waiting to get contracts before they make a commitment to go to any camp,” the GM said.

    Lamoriello is not looking to bring in a veteran goalie, so don’t expect Martin Brodeur to be at camp if he doesn’t sign anywhere beforehand.

  • Mark Stepneski: Stars GM Jim Nill said there has been no decision made on where 2014 1st round pick Julius Honka will play next season. A decision will be made during training camp.
  • Andy Strickland: Vladimir Sobotka’s KHL out clause is one month after Omsk’s last playoff game.
  • Andy Strickland: UFA Peter Mueller is generating some NHL interest. He led the Swiss league in goals last year, was second in points.

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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 News: Crosby’s Wrist and Lamoriello on Brodeur

  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford: “Sidney Crosby has been undergoing treatment on a right wrist injury that he suffered during the season. Sid is getting medical advice to determine the best path moving forward, including the possibility of arthroscopic surgery. No final decision has been made on surgery at this point. We expect to have a decision by early next week.”
  • William DePaoli: Sidney Crosby’s camp is saying that he was only experiencing a little discomfort in his wrist during the playoffs. The leak come from within the Penguins organization and they are not happy about it.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on Martin Brodeur after signing Cory Schneider to a seven-year extension.

    “I wouldn’t use the word sadness. Marty has had a tremendous career here and Marty will always be a Devil. Marty realizes what is necessary as far as the decision going forward with Cory… He was excited for the organization when we acquired Cory because he had so much respect for Cory as a player and also, through the conversations Marty and I had throughout the year at different times, the respect he had for him as an individual.

    “I don’t want to look at this as sadness. He had a great career. He’ll always be a Devil. Just in a different way. Right now it’s going forward. Time has a way of taking care of that and decisions have to be made. Marty’s legacy is what he is. Cory is not here to replace Marty. Cory is here to establish his own identity, which he has done, and to go forward with that.

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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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NHL News: Devils Sign Schneider To Seven Year Contract

  • Renaud Lavoie: The New Jersey Devils have signed Cory Schneider to a seven year deal worth $42 million, a $6 million salary cap hit.
  • Rich Chere: Cory Schneider: “I tend to be a loyal guy. I don’t have any interest in bouncing around from team to team.”
  • Sean Gentille: Cory Schneider: “You don’t make this kind of deal or do this kind of deal if you don’t believe I’m going to be the guy.”
  • Sean Gentille: Lou Lamoriello: “Cory demonstrated what we thought he could and would both on and off the ice.”

The 28-year old Schneier was drafted 26th overall by the Canucks in the 2004 draft.



NHL Rumors III: Trade Candidates, Wings, Green, Brodeur, Hayes and Pokka

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top centers that are rumored to be on the trade block: 1. Vincent Lecavalier 2. Ryan Johansen – there is the unlikely scenario that due to the stalled contract talks that teams may call to see what it would take to get him. 3. Nazem Kadri.
  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top-six winger trade candidates for this offseason: 1. Evander Kane 2. Patrick Sharp 3. Cody Hodgson.
  • Art Regner of Fox Sports Detroit: A team source is saying that the Red Wings have made Mike Green their top trade target and have reached out to the Capitals regarding  Green and his availability. The Capitals have indicated in the past that he’s staying, but it might make sense for them to move him given their salary cap situation. Green is owed $6.2 million this year with a $6 million salary cap hit. The source added that the longer the Capitals hold on to Green, the more likely other teams could inquire about him. Green has a modified no-trade clause. The Red Wings would like to move quickly on a deal and are hopeful they can get something done.
  • Matt Larkin of The Hockey News: Five landing spots that make sense for Martin Brodeur: 1. Winnipeg Jets – if the Jets trade for James Reimer, swap in Toronto here  2. Columbus Blue Jackets 3. Boston Bruins 4. Arizona Coyotes 5. New Jersey Devils.
  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes won’t be attending their prospect camp as he’s still without a contract. Hayes has been to four of their previous camps. The Blackhawks have until August 15th to sign him to an entry-level deal or he will become an unrestricted free agent.
  • Arthur Staple: Understanding that if Ville Pokka doesn’t make the Islanders out of training camp, he’ll return to Karpat of the Finnish league. Staple’s thinks it’s unlikely that he makes the team.

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NHL Rumors I: Bruins, Blackhawks, Devils, Oilers and Leafs

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Lee Stempniak and Peter Mueller could be free agent options for the Bruins. They likely won’t be considering Dany Heatley.

    “I think a guy that’s interesting is Lee Stempniak,” said Haggerty. “Probably one of the favorites to be signed by the Bruins. He’s not a perfect solution to be signed as a top line player, he’ll probably end up being the third line guy.

    “He’s double digit in goals every year. He’s a solid producer, he’s a good, smart, two-way player… He would give you a good player on your third line, and allow you boost up Loui Eriksson to the first line.”

  • David Pagnotta: There were late night reports that the Blackhawks were close on eight-years contract at $10.8 million per season with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. According to their agent, “it’s not true.” Contract talks continue.
  • Aaron Portzline: Contract talks between the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen have not gone past the initial offers from both sides. They are “galaxies” apart on both term and money.
  • Jonathan Willis: Bob Stauffer on Justin Schultz contract talks: “I would suggest to you that the two sides are not close to a deal.”
  • James Mirtle: For those fans hoping that the Maple Leafs will offer sheet someone, will be difficult in some cases as the Kings have their 2015 second round pick from the Jonathan Bernier trade.

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NHL Rumors I: Devils, Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs and Penguins

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils are still looking to add one or two free agents and to extend Cory Schneider.

    “Not yet,” Lamoriello said, “but I feel very comfortable that this is something we’ll get done in the very near future. We’ve had ongoing conversations.”

    They are looking at possibilities of free agent signings or a trade.

    “It’s a possibility,” he said. ““We certainly would like to do one or two more things. Nothing has happened, but we are looking into a couple of things.”

    Ryane Clowe is doing “extremely well” as he recovers from his second concussion he suffered last season.

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets have held exploratory talks with Sergei Bobrovsky and Brandon Dubinsky. The Blue Jackets would like to extend them this summer and prevent them from getting to free agency next year. GM Jarmo Kekalainen’s main priority is to sign RFA Ryan Johansen. Assistant GM Bill Zito has been handling talks while Kekalainen has been tending to other business. For their AHL team in Springfield, they will go with the goaltending duo of Anton Forsberg and Oscar Dansk.
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The Maple Leafs have qualified James Reimer, but he’s likely to turn it down. They could head to arbitration where he’d likely be awarded over $2 million. The best case scenario for Reimer may be that another team has an injured or struggling goalie in October or November. The Jets may be only current team that could use a goalie.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Though it is possible they could make another minor free agent signing or two, and a trade can’t be ruled out, but Penguins GM Jim Rutherford will be turning his attention to his six RFAs. Qualifying offers have been sent to Brandon Sutter, Nick Spaling, Jayson Megna, Bobby Farnham, Simon Despres and Philip Samuelsson. Sutter will likely be the most difficult to re-sign.

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NHL Rumors II: Stars, Devils, Stempniak and Berglund

  • Pat Pickens of Sportsnet: Stars GM Jim Nill on how the Jason Spezza trade went down.

    When it became public knowledge he wanted to be traded, like every GM in the league, I looked into what it was going to take to make a trade and get him to come to our team. We did our homework; we kept in touch. There were a lot of other situations going on around us. There was the [Canucks centre Ryan] Kesler thing going on and other pieces going on at the same time. At the draft, things started to heat up. When you get a deadline, it’s usually when things pick up in pace. Kesler got traded [to Anaheim], which took another team out of the mix. [Senators GM] Bryan [Murray] and I started to talk a little bit more, and it started to heat up some more.

    Spezza will be a UFA after next season, but the sides have talked about it.

    I’m not too worried about the contract. His agent [Rick Curran] and I have spoken, and we’re going to get Jason in here to show him around the area. I’m pretty confident we’re going to get a contract done.

    The Stars are out of the free agent market. Any roster spots will be fill internally with six or seven forwards that are very close, and four defensemen who are close.

  • Rich Chere: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on contract extension talks with Cory Schneider: “Not yet, but I feel very comfortable saying we’ll get it done very soon.”
  • Rich Chere: Ryan Carter is still in the Devils plans, with both Lou Lamoriello and Carter saying nothing has been finalized.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: When asked about Patrik Berglund: the Blues can’t consider trading him unless they are comfortable with Lehtera/Lindstrom.

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