How is the cap situation now that Gaudreau has signed?

The National Hockey League roster deadline is this coming today 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. Now that the Calgary Flames have signed everybody, we have a much clearer picture of how they’re going to sneak under the salary cap.

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 $6,750,000
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
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 $73,116,732
Cap Space -$116,732

As presented above, the roster includes two goalies, nine defensemen and 14 forwards (25 players total) – Nicklas Grossman is still here but doesn’t have a contract so functionally it’s 24 players. As you can imagine, they’ll need to do a bit of wriggling to get under the salary cap and roster limit considering they’re a player and $116,000 over. That said, the obvious solution is going to be sending a body down to the AHL tomorrow to get under the cap.

  • 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 (LTIR). 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. I’m also not convinced that the Flames are definitely going to place Smid on LTIR (because of how it restricts them) and they’ll be under the cap without having to do it.
  • Sam Bennett, Brett Kulak and Linden Vey are all waiver exempt, and Brandon Bollig could be by tomorrow. One of them could be sent down to the AHL in order for the Flames to be cap compliant, which is the most likely thing to happen. (If they send Bollig down, they’ll only get $925,000 of cap relief and $325,000 of his salary will remain on the NHL cap.) I’d wager that Vey is the most likely to go down at the moment; he’s the seeming placeholder on a line with Sean Monahan and Micheal Ferland, and he’s using Gaudreau’s corner stall in the Flames locker room. Swapping him out, on paper, seems to make the most obvious sense.

In short? The Flames roster seems to be set. They don’t need to put Smid on LTIR to balance the books, and they’ll likely be between $600,000 and $700,000 under the cap when the season begins (depending on who they send down). Brad Treliving may be a wizard, and his wizardry has given the Flames a bit of breathing room as we head into the regular season.

    • Hubcap1

      Unless everywhere else on the internet is wrong I wish everyone at FN would stop quoting the cap relief number of $925,000 when it is actually $950,000 for a player sent to the minors that is on a one way deal, see Bollig.

    • Parallex

      I just hope we can grab Pulkkinen or Parenteau today. Our wing depth would look so much better if we could get one of those guys.

      Just claim one, demote Bollig/Vey, release Grossmann and we’re good to go.

      • Bring Back Brathwaite

        yeah, I was hoping to see Pulkkinen in flames silks. Still think he has 20-30 goal potential.

        Oh well, better they went to neutral teams like minny and Nj instead of edmonton and van.

      • RealMcHockeyReturns

        Yup Min Wild got Pulkinnen,NJ got Parenteau perhaps to just but the NYI division rival. Hope this means Tkachuk is with Flames all year, Bollig down,and and room left for other prospects like Jankowski to play some games in NHL perhaps very soon

    • RealMcHockeyReturns

      Hope Bollig goes down, Grossman released and Pulkinnen claimed as Parenteau has likely slowed to ECHL talent level or NYI would have kept him given past chemistry with Tavares

    • Parallex

      Yeah… it just doesn’t make any sense. The team has an admitted weakness on the right side and they had their pick of either a veteran upgrade with more certainty (Parenteau) or a younger less certain upgrade (Pulkkinen) and they pass on both?

    • Bananaberg

      This is bothering me:

      Gaudreau – Monahan – ???
      Tkachuk – Bennett – Brouwer
      Ferland – Backlund – Frolik
      Hamilton – Stajan – Chiasson/Bouma

      I quite like those 2nd and 3rd lines. Brouwer belongs with Bennett/Tkachuk if Tkachuk is going to stay up this year. And we saw that 3rd line do some effective work together last season.

      Our lack of first line RW is as glaring now as ever. Pareanteau/Pulkkinen experiment should’ve been worth a swing.

      Don’t like the idea of hampering our top line guys’ ability to produce to their capability just because we decide to slot Chiasson or Frolik in that spot.