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Salary cap to go up next season

  • According to Bill Daly, the Deputy Commissioner (aka the second slimiest guy in Hockey) the NHL’s salary cap will rise to a number between $60.5M – $63.5M for next season on the back of a new TV deal that will see an infusion of $2 Billion over 10 seasons. The NHL made approximately $200M more than last season, and will likely make even more next season given the struggling Atlanta Thrashers will likely be moved to hockey-crazy Winnipeg where frantic ‘Peggers will be throwing money at the NHL like its confetti at a wedding.

    This increase would be great news for the Canadiens who would clearly be among the teams in the league that would spend the maximum allowable amount. It will also cause some issues for team’s needing to reach the cap floor which will also rise – any takers for one Gomez, Scott?? If the Salary Cap were to rise to $63.5M the Habs would have $29.4M to play with this off season which would be a serious boost for the Canadiens who may have otherwise been limited in the amount that they could spend.  Considering the difficulties some teams may have financially this year – the Habs will be very interested in UFAs and RFAs from teams near the bottom of the league.

    With the playoffs reaching conclusion, soon everyone will be turning their attention to the off-season. If you haven’t ever gone to capgeek.com I highly suggest that you do. First of all there is no better authority on all things cap/contract related. They have all of the info that you need including contract particulars like no-trade clauses and other sometimes complicated conditions.

    The best part about the site however, is their Cap Calculator which allows you to move players in and out of the roster and adjust contracts for speculation to envision what your team may look like if they add or subtract a piece before next fall. Head over there if you want to see if you could manage the cap situation better than PG. Its a great time killer if you need to geek out about free agents and potential trades.

  1. #1 Mats Naslund says:
    May 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    With a $63.5M Cap – My 2011-12 Dream Montreal Canadiens. Not saying this happens, but hey show me your team!

    CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

    FORWARDS
    Max Pacioretty ($1.350m) / Scott Gomez ($7.357m) / Brian Gionta ($5.000m)
    Mike Cammalleri ($6.000m) / Tomas Plekanec ($5.000m) / Brooks Laich ($4.066m)
    David Desharnais ($1.000m) / Lars Eller ($1.270m) / Andrei Kostitsyn ($3.450m)
    Ryan White ($0.900m) / Zenon Konopka ($0.850m) / Travis Moen ($1.500m)
    / Jeff Halpern ($0.600m) / Mathieu Darche ($0.500m)

    DEFENSEMEN
    Andrei Markov ($5.750m) / Josh Gorges ($3.000m)
    Shane O’Brien ($2.500m) / P.K. Subban ($0.875m)
    Alexei Yemelin ($0.984m) / Yannick Weber ($1.100m)
    Jaroslav Spacek ($3.833m)

    GOALTENDERS
    Carey Price ($2.750m) / Kari Ramo ($1.000m)

    BUYOUTS: Georges Laraque ($0.500m)

    CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
    (these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
    SALARY CAP: $63,500,000; CAP PAYROLL: $61,137,175; BONUSES: $400,000
    CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $2,362,825

  2. #2 Senet1 says:
    May 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Interesting choices for the add ons to the team. I still would like to target 5.5M for wizniewski, becuase I am not convinced Markov is going to reach the heights he has reached in the past. I have had similar knee surgery and it is very difficult to perform at the same levels when I was younger, now I do not have the doctors that he had but the guy who operated on my knee also did Richard Martin’s of Buffalo. Anyway, Halpern I do not see returning, and Weber would either fill that position or be traded. Don’t be surprised if Diaz either makes the team or is up with the big team be X-mas. Spacek has to be sent down and take their chances with the waiver draft. That frees up his salary for Wizniewski. That is about the only change I would make.

  3. #3 Mats Naslund says:
    May 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I have recently learned a bit more about the Spacek situation and his 35+ Contract. Because he signed after his 35th birthday, the Habs cannot waive him. If they buy him out, his cap hit remains for this season. If he retires, his cap hit remains. If they send him to the minors, his cap hit drops by just $100,000. Essentially they would be paying $3.7M in NHL Cap Space for him to play in the minors. It simply wouldn’t happen. The ONLY way we get rid of Spacek is by trading him – which is a long shot at best. Because Spacek is essentially locked for this final year of his contract, I really don’t see Wisniewski back.. assuming the Habs want money to spend on offense.

    I like the idea of bringing in Konopka from NYI. He’s tough as nails and is a faceoff winning machine. The addition of Brooks Laich adds size and skill to the Plex, Cammy trio and once and for all drops Moen into the bottom 6 role that he can excel at. The trio of Konopka, White, Moen would be outrageous. It would set up a third scoring line of Eller, Desharnais and Kostitsyn which I think could be very dangerous given the emergence of both Eller and DD at the end of the season. The “top” line simply needs Pacioretty full time. Simple as that.

    On D – I’ve been very outspoken that the Habs should try to find a reliable, physical guy to compliment the existing offensive skills we have. For my money, I’d rather have a younger guy like O’Brien (28) than Gill. Its time for the Habs to get a little bit nastier. I’m not saying become the Bruins, but add to team toughness by replacing some of our exiting UFA players with some grit in the right places. I’m willing to give Weber another shot to earn his place as a defender, mainly because I don’t really like him in a 4th line role. He tries, but its time for the Canadiens to have an ACTUAL 4th line that can cause problems physically. Sorry to Tom Pyatt, but he ain’t it.

  4. #4 Senet1 says:
    May 25, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Well I guess Mats that is where I disagree with you about Weber. To me he has not shown that he is capable handling the rough going. I felt he played well on the fourth line against the Bruins and score a goal as a forward as well as one on the PP as a point man. He has not had that much experience at the forward position yet played with a physical edge as well as showing his offensive skills. Short of that we should be able to get something better at the forward position possibly for the second or third line. I was not aware of the Spacek capping situation, you are right if we have to eat his cap space then basically we need to find a team that needs to get under the minimum and make the trade, even if we have to pay some of his salary as part of the deal. I like the idea of getting younger and tougher on defence. I hate to see Gil go becuase he is such a leader as well as a teacher of young defenceman. Perhaps he could go to Hamilton and teach our young guns.I think based on what I see and read that Diaz could be up with the team by December if he does not make the team outright.

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