Mapping the NHL Cap Environment

Kent Wilson
August 05 2010 02:53PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Scott Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning speaks with Scotty Bowman of the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


With discussions of the Flames obvious cap issues on-going (with no end in sight), there's been a lot of suggestions that Darryl will be able to dump a Cory Sarich or Steve Staios on a "cap floor" team if things get desperate come September. While the league is indeed polarized between a bevy of cap-strapped and cap-flush clubs, the truth is the former greatly outnumber the latter, particularly when real dollars (rather than cap space) is considered.  Here's how the current budgetary landscape for each club breaks down:

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Outdoor Implications?

Pat Steinberg
August 05 2010 12:41AM

CALGARY, AB, CANADA - AUGUST 4: Steve Staios of the Calgary Flames puts on his jersey at the NHL Heritage Classic Press Conference at McMahon Stadium on August 4, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dylan Lynch/Getty Images)

So, the NHL unveiled their plans for the Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, an event we will get into later on this week at FlamesNation.  The Calgary Flames used Curtis Glencross, Cory Sarich and Steve Staios as their faces at McMahon, which I thought was slightly amusing.  Two of those names (Staios and Sarich) have been extremely popular names this summer when it comes to where the Flames could trim salary...maybe it is wishful thinking?

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The Pros and Cons of Trading Robyn Regehr

Kent Wilson
August 04 2010 08:29AM

CALGARY, AB - OCTOBER 1: Robyn Regehr #28 of the Calgary Flames in play against the Vancouver Canucks in the third period of NHL action on October 1, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)


I received an email by reader/commenter dustin642 yesterday. He noted that the possibility of trading Robyn Regehr was rife with complications. Thanks to his points and some further thought, I've decided to delve further into the topic.

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The Profile Of A Top-30 Scorer, Pre- And Post-Lockout

Jonathan Willis
August 04 2010 07:23AM

LAS VEGAS - JUNE 23: Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Awards at the Palms Casino Resort on June 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

As a guy who spends a lot of his time watching and writing about hockey, I also read a lot of hockey publications. And suffice to say that if I had a nickel for every time I read how the “New NHL” encourages speed and “opens up the game” for skill players, allowing small players who otherwise would never have had a chance at the big leagues to get a taste of it, then I’d have a lot of nickels to throw at the guys who do the write-ups for THN draft previews.

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White Contract - Roster and Cap Implications

Kent Wilson
August 01 2010 03:15PM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Defenseman Steve Staios #27 of the Calgary Flames skates against the New York Islanders during an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 25, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)


With Ian White's deal landing a Happy Meal short of $3 million, the Flames last order of business this off-season is to become cap compliant before the season starts. While Cap Geek reports the Flames are $2M and change over the cap, the truth is that one can readily delete AHL minor leaguers Staffan Kronwall without much fuss. The Flames won't be carrying 8 defenders and Kronwall is the most obvious choice to get shuttled out of town.

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