How are the Flames looking cap-wise?

The National Hockey League roster deadline is this coming Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. MT. At that time, teams must be both compliant with the league’s roster requirements and with their salary cap requirements.

With a few days and a few decisions remaining, how are the Calgary Flames looking in respect to their cap compliance?

Here’s a handy table with all current roster players in numerical order. All cap hits via General Fanager.

No. Player Pos. Cap Hit
1 Brian Elliott G $2,500,000
3 Jyrki Jokipaka D $900,000
5 Mark Giordano D $6,750,000
6 Dennis Wideman D $5,250,000
7 T.J. Brodie D $4,650,400
8 Nicklas Grossmann D n/a (PTO)
10 Linden Vey RW $700,000
11 Mikael Backlund C $3,575,000
13 Johnny Gaudreau LW n/a (RFA)
15 Ladislav Smid D $3,500,000
17 Lance Bouma LW $2,200,000
18 Matt Stajan C $3,125,000
19 Matthew Tkachuk LW $925,000
20 Chris Higgins LW n/a (PTO)
21 Lauri Korpikoski RW n/a (PTO)
23 Sean Monahan C $6,375,000
25 Freddie Hamilton RW $613,500
27 Dougie Hamilton D $5,750,000
29 Deryk Engelland D $2,916,666
31 Chad Johnson G $1,700,000
36 Troy Brouwer RW $4,500,000
39 Alex Chiasson RW $800,000
52 Brandon Bollig LW $1,250,000
61 Brett Kulak D $656,666
67 Michael Frolik RW $4,300,000
79 Micheal Ferland LW $825,000
93 Sam Bennett C $925,000
Mason Raymond buyout $1,050,000
2015-16 cap overage $630,500
TOTAL $66,367,732
Cap Space $6,632,268

This roster includes 27 players – two goalies, nine defensemen and 16 forwards – but only 23 players with contracts (excluding Gaudreau, Grossmann, Higgins and Korpikoski. Fundamentally speaking, it’s a valid NHL roster.

  • Daniel Pribyl (knee) is likely going to be declared non-roster on Tuesday. Since he spent zero days in the NHL last season, none of his cap hit counts against the Flames’ total. He’s a non-issue.
  • Ladislav Smid (neck) is likely also going to be declared non-roster on Tuesday. Since he spent last season in the NHL, his entire cap hit could count unless the Flames decide to put him on the long-term injured reserve. For a multitude of reasons, I imagine they don’t want to do that: it’s essentially the payday loan of cap compliance in the sense that it gets you what you need, but it’s messy and complicated in an administrative sense, and really handcuffs your ability to do other things cap-wise. Long story short: it’s a mechanism they can use, but they probably don’t want to begin the season by using it to balance their books because it eliminates a lot of their flexibility.
  • Sam Bennett, Brett Kulak and Linden Vey are now waiver exempt – Vey because he cleared waivers. My current working theory is that when/if Gaudreau signs, Vey drops down to the AHL (and no other moves will be made). My reasoning is two-fold: Vey has Gaudreau’s locker stall and his likely linemates of Sean Monahan and Micheal Ferland. If you accept the premise that Vey is a placeholder body right now, functionally-speaking the Flames have $7,332,268 of cap space to use on Gaudreau… and short-term injury replacements throughout the year (barring other moves).
        • Baalzamon

          You have it backwards. Cap savings for a buried contract is always a maximum of 925k. Bollig would count 325k against the cap if buried.

          To wit: Last season Mason Raymond was buried. He counted 2.2 million against the cap.

          • Baalzamon

            No, we aren’t. You’re saying that Bollig will count 925k against the cap. That is incorrect. He will count 325k against the cap, providing 925k in cap relief.

            If the rule worked the way you described, it wouldn’t make sense. The rule was changed to prevent teams from burying their way out of stupidly hefty cap hits, like the Leafs did with Jeff Finger. Now, ANY buried contract provides a MAXIMUM of 925K in relief. The rest of the cap hit continues to count against the cap.

            If the Flames could gain over 4 million in cap savings by burying Wideman, they would have done it ages ago. They can’t, so they haven’t. They’d receive only 925K.

          • Johnny Goooooooaldreau

            I’m speaking English dude.

            Boliligs cap hit is $1,250,000, if the Flames send him down he costs $925,000 against the cap thus providing a CAP SAVINGS of $$325,000!

          • Baalzamon

            Yes. Providing a cap saving of 925K. Using his current number (1.25M), sending him down provides 925K in relief, making the new cap number 325K. Which is literally the exact opposite of what you’ve been saying to this point.

            Boliligs cap hit is $1,250,000, if the Flames send him down he costs $925,000 against the cap thus providing a CAP SAVINGS of $$325,000!

            See. You’ve had it backwards this entire time (and yet you somehow got it the right way ’round just now with the hypothetical higher cap hit).

          • Johnny Goooooooaldreau

            That’s because we are coming at it in different directions.

            I answered Marbled’s question which was “Can someone remind me how much cap room is gained if B. Bollig is sent to the AHL?”

            The answer to his question as worded is $325k, not $925k. As in the Flames will gain $325k in cap room if B Bollig is sent to the AHL.

            Your answer was how much Bollig would count towards the cap, which if this were a math test would be incorrect.

          • Baalzamon

            I’m gonna try this one more time.

            925K is the maximum relief for a buried cap hit. For cap hits below 925K, the full cap hit comes off the books.

            Bury 600k, 600K relief = $0 buried cap hit.

            For cap hits over 925k, the cap relief is maxed at 925K. The remainder is the new cap hit of the buried contract.

            1.25M (contractual cap hit) – 925k (cap relief from buried contract) = 325K (cap hit of buried contract)

            The kicker to all this is you actually got the calculation right when you speculated on a higher cap hit.

            If Bolligs salary was $2.25 instead of $1.25, then he would count $1.325 against the cap if sent down.

            This is CORRECT. Plug the numbers into the equation above.

            2.25M (contractual cap hit) – 925K (cap relief from buried contract) = 1.325M (cap hit of buried contract)

            But this is what you’ve been saying about Bollig’s actual cap hit:

            Boliligs cap hit is $1,250,000, if the Flames send him down he costs $925,000 against the cap thus providing a CAP SAVINGS of $$325,000!

            This is WRONG, and you even contradicted this in a subsequent comment (quoted above).

            For perspective, here is what you did to come to that conclusion:

            1.25M (contractual cap hit) – 925k (cap hit of buried contract) = 325k (cap relief from buried contract)

            Notice that the cap relief and cap hit are in the wrong spots in the equation. You were operating under the assumption, for some reason, that all buried contracts count 925K against the cap–which is INCORRECT.

            And again, you got it RIGHT when you presented a different number. I seriously don’t understand how that’s possible.

            In summation, Marbled’s question was: how much cap relief do the Flames get if they send Bollig to the minors. I answered 925K. Which is correct.

          • Johnny Goooooooaldreau

            Look at your comment. Right there in bold you are saying sending him down provides $925k in cap relief. You contradicted yourself and argued against yourself in the next paragraph. Read what you wrote.

  • cberg

    Its best to sign Gaudreau and get right up to the Cap, THEN put Smid on LTIR once the season starts. We’d end up with pretty much Smid’s full salary as Cap relief.

    To me the ONLY way they can sign a PTO is if someone gets sent down in return. That could happen with Vey, Bollig, Kulak, so I guess we’ll see.

    • ChinookArchYYC

      I would swap Bollig for Vey in a heartbeat. He’s better and cheaper, but Pike’s reading on Vey as a placeholder is very reasonable. I’m not sure I really understand Bollig’s place on this team. I understand he’ll be eating popcorn most nights and you don’t want a young prospect in that position, but any of the PTO options would be preferable.

  • Just.Visiting

    Just noticed the TSN Top 50 list of NHL players.

    The top 10 were: Crosby, Kane, McDavid, Price, Doughty, Benn, Toews, Ovechkin, Karlsson and Tavares.

    The second 10 were: Kopitar, Sequin, Malkin, Bergeron, Stamkos, Gaudreau, Tarasenko, Pavelski, Burns and Keith.

    No other Flames in the top 50.