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How Does Your Team Spend Their Cap Money?

from Travis Yost of TSN,

The allocation question is a fascinating one because teams have different visions on how best to construct a Stanley Cup-calibre roster. Some organizations consistently run top-heavy payrolls that see superstars eat into huge portions of the available cap space. Other organizations, perhaps borne out of the necessity of not having superstar players available, prefer flatter spending across the board. Some teams will carve out large pieces of their cap space for their forward group – others, the same, but for defencemen or goaltending.

Now that it’s mid-August and most restricted free agent arbitration cases have resolved, we have a general sense of what each team’s cap position will be entering the 2018-19 season. As is the case every year, there’s a pretty significant divide in player payroll. Contending teams like St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Washington have $1 million or less in cap space to work with. More fiscally conservative teams like New Jersey and Carolina have nearly $20 million in space. Then there are teams like Toronto that are flush with cap space (about $14 million today), but know full well that much of that will be utilized to retain future free agents like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Jake Gardiner, and so on.

With this off-season wrapped up, I wanted to take a look at how teams decided to their cap space by position. 

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WingedRider's avatar

Wings are top heavy by signing aging players.  Very kind of them but puts a slowdown of rebuild.  Sad franchise for many yrs to come.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 08/09/18 at 01:34 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Foolishly. Next question.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 08/09/18 at 01:36 PM ET


Foolishly. Next question.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 08/09/18 at 01:36 PM ET


Everyone should give a one word answer to this question.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 08/09/18 at 01:39 PM ET

Tripwire32's avatar

How Does Your Team Spend Their Cap Money?

Based on roster composition/construction and performance: unwisely

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 08/09/18 at 02:12 PM ET



Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/09/18 at 02:34 PM ET

Mr. Fix-It's avatar


Posted by Mr. Fix-It on 08/09/18 at 03:12 PM ET



Posted by Lefty30 on 08/09/18 at 05:24 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Any which way. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 08/09/18 at 05:42 PM ET

dougie's avatar


Not a Scrabble word, but work with me here.

Posted by dougie on 08/10/18 at 08:14 AM ET


Posted by dougie on 08/10/18 at 08:14 AM ET

Triple word score.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/10/18 at 08:45 AM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar


Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 08/10/18 at 11:10 AM ET



or if you insist on one dem dictionary words


BTW, the article is pretty pointless when the rudimentary analysis shows 95% of the teams with basically the same cap breakdown for forwards, defense and goaltending. A more interesting analysis might have been to break it down by age group or production.

Posted by evileye on 08/10/18 at 11:18 AM ET

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