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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, 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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The Offseason “Winners” So Far Are ….

Written by Greg Stamper, who can be found on twitter @g_stamp91.

Despite the recent drop of in activity, the offseason in the NHL is an exciting time for both teams and fans. It provides each and every team with a period to reflect on what they have and determine what they need going forward to take the next step.

Some teams hit the jackpot and land their man, while others miss out and end up signing players or making trades simply to say they did something.

Let’s take this break in the action to look at this offseason’s winners and losers.

First up, the winners ….

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Quick Hits: Maple Leafs, Sobotka, Kreider, O’Reilly and Islanders

  • Steve Simmons: There is something brewing today with regards to the Maple Leafs. Should expect a significant announcement at some point today.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Vladimir Sobotka was awarded $2.725 million in arbitration. He when returns to the Blues/NHL, that is what he’ll make. Lou Korac: It’s unlikely that the Blues will trade Sobotka’s rights.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Chris Kreider requested $2.8 million in arbitration, with the Rangers submitting a two-year offer of $1.9 million and then $2.2 million.
  • Ken Campbell: Ryan O’Reilly requested $6.75 million in arbitration, with the Avalanche submitting $5.525 million.
  • Chris Botta: There are no snags or news regarding the Islanders sale. Andrew Barroway has made a huge offer for the team. There is other interest in the team, but no offers have been submitted.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Stars re-sign Antoine Roussel to a four-year, $8 million contract: $1.6 million, $1.8 million, $2.2 million and $2.4 million.
  • Lou Korac: The Blues sign defenseman Nate Prosser to a one-year, two-way deal.

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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: Johansen, Five Arbitration Cases and No Setoguchi For Leafs

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen may still be far apart in contract talks, but at least they have been in contact after weeks of no communication. A source saying that Johansen’s camp recently sent a second contract offer to the Blue Jackets, a two-year deal. Johansen said last month that the Blue Jackets “bridge” offer was a slap in the face. To date, term has been the major stumbling block, with the Johansen looking long-term and the Blue Jackets looking short term.

    “Ryan wants to be a Blue Jacket and he wants to be in Columbus,” said Overhardt, who declined to discuss the negotiations. “That has never been an issue in any of this. He loves it there.

    “He was very excited to see the club wrap up Brandon Dubinsky with such a long-term contract (earlier this month). That’s the kind of player he wants as a teammate, the kind of player he wants beside him.”

    It’s unclear what both sides are offering on a two-year deal, and how far apart they are on salary.

  • Mike Brehm of USA Today: Five interesting salary arbitration cases that are schedule to begin today.Vladimir Sobotka – determining salary for when he decides to return to the NHL.

    Ryan O’Reilly – had a $6.5 million salary last season, with the Avalanche trying to get much lower than that. Recorded 28 goals and 64 points, while picking up the Lady Byng Trophy.

    James Reimer – had 3.29 GAA last year, but a .911 save percentage. Had $1.8 million salary cap hit last year, $1.6 million in salary.

    Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard – the Rangers have about $12.3 million available for four roster players.

    P.K. Subban – comparable to when the Predators and Shea Weber went to arbitration. Weber was awarded $7.5 million in 2011. Subban could break Weber’s ruling record.

  • Andrew Walker: Free agent Devin Setoguchi won’t be signing with the Maple Leafs. He is considering two teams in the East.

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NHL Rumors I: Leafs and Franson Close … Arbitration Looming for Reimer and Sobotka

  • James Mirtle: Sounding like the Maple Leafs and Cody Franson will likely avoid their arbitration hearing with a last minute deal today. Will likely split the difference. Mirtle thinks the Leafs still intend to trade Franson. There are lots of decisions that are still up in the air.
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: James Reimer and Cody Franson have been on the trade block all offseason. Some executives have been frustrated with the Maple Leafs as they feel they are overvaluing their players, which may not be the case when it comes to Reimer and Franson.

    Franson is looking for $4.2 million in arbitration, the Leafs submitted $2 million. Franson has recorded 62 points in the past two seasons, 20th overall by defensemen over that span. Talk that they could agree to a $3.2 million one-year deal before the hearing.

    Reimer should have a good arbitration due to the numbers he’s put up on defensively weak team.

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Though he signed a three year, $12 contract with Omsk of the KHL, Vladimir Sobotka is scheduled to have an arbitration hearing today. Sobotka’s agent Petr Svoboda said recently that Sobotka asked for a trade before he signed the KHL deal when the two sides couldn’t come to a contract agreement. Czech website,, reported that Sobotka indicated he’ll return to the NHL after one year, but with a team other than the Blues. Sobotka has been quoted as saying he had no choice but to sign in the KHL since the Blues wouldn’t trade him. His agent said the Blues “didn’t even want to hear about (a trade).” Blues GM Doug Armstrong was recently unsuccessful in getting a hold of Sobotka.

    “We haven’t talked yet,” Armstrong said. “I think he actually might have already gone to training camp. I left him a message, just thanking him, wishing him well and telling him we’d stay in touch … but no need to call back.”

    The Blues best offer was one-year deal worth $2.7 million, with Sobotka asking for $3 million. The Blues also offered two-years and $6 million. Sobotka is one year away from being a UFA. Sobotka’s KHL deal has an out clause after each season.

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NHL Rumors I: Letang, E. Kane, Lightning, Gunnarson and Prosser

  • Elizabeth Rancourt of TVA Sports: (s/t - L.A. Lariviere and Google translate) Kris Letang was asked by Penguins GM Jim Rutherford last month to submit a list of 15 teams that he’d accept a trade too. Letang said that the Canadiens were one team on his list.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks that if anyone was the Jets GM other than the “just-happy-to-be-there” Kevin Cheveldayoff, Evander Kane would have been traded by this point.

    Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has been one of the busiest GMs this offseason, and was close on a several big trades that didn’t get done.

    The Blues view Carl Gunnarson as a top-four defenseman. They didn’t view Roman Polak as a top-four defenseman.

  • Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press: The Wild and free agent defenseman Nate Prosser are still talking.

    “They’re still talking,” Prosser said regarding his agent and the Wild. “We’re waiting to see what (Wild GM) Chuck (Fletcher) has to say.

    “It’s a waiting game, and we’re kind of waiting on a few teams to step up.”

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NHL Rumors: E. Kane, Ott, Ehrhoff, Lecavalier, Franson, Bellemore and LaRose

  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said that Evander Kane could be with the team for the forseeable future, and he wasn’t going to touch trade rumors.

    “It’s very difficult right now in hockey,” began Cheveldayoff. “You’ve got the draft and all the different things like free agency that come up and as you guys all know, there’s rumours that abound each and every day that send everyone in different directions. I can only imagine as a player what goes through your mind when you hear, ‘So and so’s being traded and different things like that.’ It’s got to be difficult. They’re all professional hockey players and they’re all subject to those kind of things. Even when you have your general manager like I’ve been saying, I’m open to look to see if there’s ways to make improvements on this team. Without singling out any individual everyone starts to wonder what’s going on.

    “With specific reference to Evander and the situation where he was asked those questions, I think he’s been asked those questions year after year after year since he’s been here and certainly since the time he’s signed the contract.

    “So, Evander is a Winnipeg Jet. What I took from his comments, is he’s excited about being healthy and training this summer and really looking forward to having a solid summer of training. He had some minor surgery last year that derailed some of the training side of things.”

  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Steve Ott on the Fan 590 on the Maple Leafs before he signed with Blues.

    “We had maybe one talk with them, and then we called them a bunch of times with no calls back,” Ott said. “That’s about as honest as I can get. I guess they didn’t have much interest at all.”

    Elliotte Friendman on the Fan 960 this week.

    1. Don’t be shocked to see defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, who’s on a one-year deal, re-sign an extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins after Jan. 1. 2. Flyers GM Ron Hextall isn’t going to give Vinny Lecavalier away in a trade. People forget the veteran scored 20 goals in just 69 games last season. 3. The Winnipeg Jets recognize they need to trade Evander Kane. They also realize it’s “an easy trade to lose.” Kane likely starts the season in a Jets sweater. 4. A divorce between Cody Franson and the Maple Leafs appears like it will happen eventually. The Calgary Flames could be a good fit for the body-checker.

  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis continues to talk contract with Brett Bellemore. Nothing imminent.
  • Chip Alexander: Chad LaRose is wanting to meet with Francis to talk about potentially returning to the Hurricanes. He didn’t play last season. Francis said they could end up offering LaRose a training camp tryout or possibly starting the the season in the AHL. Francis: “Obviously, he’d need to earn his way, show he can still do it.”

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Quick Hits: Not Much Separated Blues and Sobotka

11:58 am

  • Andy Strickland: Source saying Sobotka’s three-year deal will pay him $4.3 million annually, which is equivalent to about $8 million in the NHL.

8:55 am

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Vladimir Sobotka’s agent, Petr Svoboda confirms the KHL and that there is an out clause after each year.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Sobotka’s agent confirmed the Blues best one-year offer was $2.7 million. Sobotka was asking for $3 million.
  • Andy Strickland: “$300,000 may seem like nothing, but you don’t pay a player more because he’s threatening to play in #KHL. Would be bad business #stlblues”
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Svoboda: “You want to say that it’s not about money, but it’s a business, so it is about money and how you’re appreciated. Vladi played hard (for the Blues) and it’s sad that he had to make a decision to go to the KHL.”
  • Lou Korac: Back in February, Blues GM Doug Armstrong had reached out to Vladimir Sobotka and thought they were close to an extension.
  • Andy Strickland: Strickland notes that if Sobotka had taken less money from the Blues than he wanted on a one-year deal, he would have made up for it next summer when he would have been an unrestricted free agent.
  • Jason Gregor: Andy Strickland: “Sobotka was offered $2.7 for a 1 year, $3 mill/year on 2 year deal and it went up on multi year deals according to Armstrong.”



NHL News: Blues Sign Ott …. Lose Sobotka

11:53 am:

  • Roman Jedlicka: Vladimir Sobotka signed a three-year deal with Avangard Omsk of the KHL. He’ll get $4 million per season with Omsk and can leave for the NHL after any season (per
  • Andy Strickland: Armstrong said that Sobotka will still owe the Blues one-year of service after the arbitration hearing  if/when he returns to the NHL.
  • Greg Wyshynski: Blues saying Sobotka fired his agent recently and hired Petr Svoboda.
  • Andy Strickland: Armstrong said they offered Sobotka contracts ranging from a year up to five-years. Offered a three-year deal at over $3 million per season.
  • Lou Korac: Armstrong said that they will go ahead with Sobotka’s arbitration hearing on July 21st.

10:47 am:

  • Andy Strickland: The Blues re-signed Steve Ott to a two-year deal worth $2.6 million per season.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Hearing that Blues RFA center Vladimir Sobotka has signed with Omsk of the KHL.

Vladimir Sobotka

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