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In Cap Trouble

from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

Chicago has 18 players signed through 2020-21 and $7.35 million in available cap space to fill out its 23-man roster. Some of that money has to go to re-upping rookie Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Strome, plus the Blackhawks don’t have a goalie signed.

Arizona was hoping to re-sign Taylor Hall in the summer. But with $7 million in the kitty and seven roster spots that need filling, it won’t be a reality unless they can find someone willing to take either Phil Kessel ($6.8 million) or Derik Stepan ($6.5 million) off their hands.

Tampa Bay is also in trouble. When are they not? The team has only 15 players under contract and about $5 million leftover to re-up Selke Trophy-candidate Anthony Cirelli and defenceman Mikhail Sergachev, meaning Yanni Gourde ($5.1 million), Alex Killorn ($5 million) or Tyler Johnson ($4.45 million) could be available.

And then there’s Toronto.

The Leafs, who have spent the second most on salaries of any team in the NHL (the Coyotes are No. 1), have 16 players signed through 2020-21 and only $4.59 million in projected cap space.


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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Chicago has 18 players signed through 2020-21 and $7.35 million in available cap space to fill out its 23-man roster. ...plus the Blackhawks don’t have a goalie signed.

I can hear BigFrog laughing from here.  LOL

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/09/20 at 11:54 AM ET


This isn’t just a Toronto problem. Everyone not named Ottawa will feel the crunch if the salary cap remains stagnant.

Detroit only has $46 Million commited at this moment.

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 07/09/20 at 12:28 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

plus the Blackhawks don’t have a goalie signed.

And that’s probably the biggest statement right there.  Maybe they’ll roll with Malcom Subban and Jimmy Howard - they both should be available cheap.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/09/20 at 01:15 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Sounds like a problem Detroit’s cap space might solve for a few prospects/picks.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 07/09/20 at 03:49 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

Fortunately for Chicago, Lafreniere will be on an ELC, so he won’t take up a lot of cap room right away.

Posted by Steeb on 07/09/20 at 05:43 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

I love it. Now if Pittsburgh also had Cap problems, it would be complete. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 07/09/20 at 08:30 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Oh no. Not cap space issues. Sad panda.


Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 07/09/20 at 10:08 PM ET

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