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Cap Issues May Hit The Nashville Predators

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

So if it turns out the Predators do end up leaving James Neal exposed in the expansion draft, it won’t be because they don’t like him as a player. It will be more because he’s scheduled to make $5 million next season, while a player such as Calle Jarnkrok would be more valuable to them because he has four years left on his deal at just $2 million per season.

Prior to the Stanley Cup final, Predators GM David Poile was talking about how teams often get squeezed by the salary cap. “You can see it around the league,” Poile said, “and I’m not saying we’re not going to be there at some point. We’re going to be there very quickly. I mean, we re-sign (Ryan) Johansen and (Viktor) Arvidsson and we’re right there. We’re planning for it. Each year there are probably 10 or 12 teams that have cap issues that restrict them from doing certain things.”

And as Poile said, that day of reckoning is coming for the Predators. And soon. As it stands right now, the Predators have approximately $16.5 million in cap space remaining for next season. But that does not include contracts for restricted free agents Johansen, Arvidsson, Austin Watson, Pontus Aberg and Frederick Gaudreau. The Predators would also like to re-sign captain Mike Fisher, who’s an unrestricted free agent. So that money is going to go really quickly.

Let’s start with the two big fish, Johansen and Arvidsson. With Johansen, things are fairly straightforward. In his last contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, which came after long, ugly and protracted fight with the team, Johansen’s agent negotiated a deal that would see him make only $3 million in each of the first two years of the deal, a salary which went up to $6 million this season.


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They’ve handled the financial issues pretty well to this point rarely taking on a long-term contract that becomes dead weight. The absolute right move is to expose Neal. They can weather that loss. Their bigger challenge will come in 2018 and 2019 when Ellis, Josi are up for renewal.

I hate long-term contracts but Johansen seems like an ideal player for one.

Posted by evileye on 06/15/17 at 11:05 AM ET


It must suck to be butted up against the cap and potentially not be able to bring back your entire Stanley Cup finalist team.  Almost as much as it sucks to be butted up against the cap and potentially have the exact same team you had when you finished 26th in the league.

Possibly without the better of your goalies if the GM is truly as incompetent as he probably is.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/15/17 at 01:10 PM ET

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