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Moving Phil Kessel And Vegas Cap Issues

from TSN,

- A Kessel to the Wild trade may be dead, at least for now, but TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun wrote last week that Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is still discussing a Kessel trade with teams around the league and added that, "it's a question of when, not if, for Kessel to be dealt but where exactly remains to be determined."

With that in mind, Josh Lile of the Dallas Morning News wonders if the Stars could be a landing spot for the 31-year-old. The Stars have $16.4 million in cap space on a projected $83 million cap and Lile writes Kessel "easily fits" in the team's cap picture....

- The Vegas Golden Knights are facing a cap crunch this summer and currently sit over the projected $83 million salary cap for next season, including David Clarkson's $5.25 million salary which can be shelved on long-term injured reserve.

Justin Emerson of the Las Vegas Sun believes the team will need roughly $10 million to sign restricted free agents William Karlsson, who he projects to receive a six year, $39 million deal, and Nikita Gusev this off-season and will still have three roster spots to fill. 

Emerson notes that reports have indicated defenceman Colin Miller is on the trade block and believes the team could look to move Cody Eakin and Ryan Reaves as well to free space.

more on each of the above...

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Primis's avatar

Zero sympathy here for Vegas.

They built the wrong way.  As “fun” as the instant “success” story is at the time, I don’t know if the years following are going to make it worth it.  They got no Cup, they aren’t going to get a Cup any time soon now, and they have very little in the way of prospects in their system that are worth anything at this point.  And they’re doing it while now having Cap issues.

What a dumb thing everyone could see coming.

Posted by Primis on 05/28/19 at 11:31 AM ET


Trade Karlsson.

You’ll get a huge return, you won’t have to figure out a way to fit *another* massive contract under the cap. Package him with Colin Miller and you’re getting some room under the cap too.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/28/19 at 11:37 AM ET

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Posted by Primis on 05/28/19 at 11:31 AM ET

The wrong way? They made the cup finals, and they got absolutely jobbed this year and should be back.  There’s tons of excitement around that team. He won GM of the year, Spuddy coach of the year. They still have a strong squad so long as Fleury holds up.  When you have a good team that’s when you push your chips in, and when you have a bad team, you let it crash, that’s the right way to manage the Cap.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 05/28/19 at 11:57 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Posted by Primis on 05/28/19 at 11:31 AM ET

I tend to agree.  They made the Cup finals the year the NHL gifted them a situation to build a good, cheap team.  Now here they are having to figure out cap issues for a team that isn’t going to win soon.  I imagine they’ll slowly fall lower and lower each year, and in another 5-7 years they’ll have to semi-destruct the team and start again…this time without the NHL’s assistance.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/28/19 at 02:16 PM ET


It was a rare situation. NOBODY was expecting them to have the success they did in the first year even with the NHL given them the best of expansion terms. They saw an open window and went for it. This year they fell a tad short but part of that was the refs. Thye had a very competitive team on ice and had they made it past the Sharks they would have been in the mix to win it all.

They may not have a Cup to show for this risk but they built up huge support from a new fan base. Even management didn’t want to go this particular route but when things started breaking their way they didn’t shy away from the pursuit. Fans like that.

It looks like they can still be competitive for a few more years. If they make the right decisions in the coming years they can avoid a big tumble or at least keep the lean years short. Only time will tell how much the all in bet will cost them.

Posted by evileye on 05/29/19 at 09:48 AM ET

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