How do the top teams in the NHL structure their cap?

Ari Yanover
July 27 2016 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames' cap structure has not yet been defined. Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau are set to be two of the team's highest-paid forwards for a while yet, and will likely dictate just what the team looks like going forward - and just what, exactly, the team will be able to spend.

We've already seen it set in motion with some of the bloodletting this off-season.

But in order to establish long-term success, a team needs to have responsible cap management. Dish out too much to too many, or to the wrong players, and a team can risk it all crumbling down. We may be seeing the Chicago Blackhawks in the midst of this, as they've lost players like Brandon Saad and Teuvo Teravainen due to cap concerns.

We don't know where the Flames will be - but let's take a look at how the most successful teams as of late structure their salaries.

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A history of Flames numbers: #28, Emile Poirier

Ari Yanover
July 27 2016 08:00AM

Personally, I'm of the opinion the #28 should not be worn again. Maybe not retired, but kind of have a thing going on like #14 does. I still remember when the Flames traded Robyn Regehr for Chris Butler, and Butler was originally given #28, and he voiced his objection to it, thinking it not a great idea. He was probably right.

A couple of years later, though, it appeared again, if only briefly. And again, briefly. And now Emile Poirier has it. He still has two years left on his entry level deal, so he'll probably keep that number a little longer yet - and he's still got plenty of time to prove he's earned it instead of his initial training camp #57.

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Flames 2016 Offseason: What would you have done?

Kent Wilson
July 26 2016 12:00PM

The Flames aren't done, but they are. Once Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau are signed, Brad Treliving will only have a few, minor bits of housekeeping left to do before the season starts. Sure, maybe he finds a way to trade Dennis Wideman, but in all actuality it will likely come down to re-inking guys like Freddie Hamilton and Tyler Wotherspoon. 

So what you see is more or less what you get. Are you satisfied? For the heck of it, let's play armchair GM to see what different paths the Flames could have taken. 

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The 2016 offseason report card

Pat Steinberg
July 26 2016 10:00AM

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The Calgary Flames have turned the 2016 offseason into a bit of a turnstile. Specifically up front and between the pipes, the Flames have undergone a dramatic overhaul as they try to improve on their rather dreadful 2015-16 campaign. But with all this deckchair shuffling, is Calgary actually poised to be a better team? I think they are for one specific reason.

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A history of Flames numbers: #27, Dougie Hamilton

Ari Yanover
July 26 2016 08:00AM

This time about 13 months ago, the Flames were in need of another top four defenceman. There were some about to be available in the free agent market, but instead, Brad Treliving went in a completely different direction: acquiring then-22-year-old Dougie Hamilton from the Boston Bruins for draft picks. It was instantly a vastly superior option, because he was about five years younger than pretty much everyone else who would have been available.

He fit perfectly into the rebuild. And it worked out well, because his #27 had recently become available a few months before Calgary acquired him.

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