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FlamesNation’s salary cap and waivers tracker

The 2020-21 NHL season is going to be challenging for a lot of teams for salary cap and logistics reasons. In an effort to make the somewhat convoluted roster, cap and waivers situation for the Calgary Flames a little bit easier to follow, we’ve developed this page to keep track of things.

It will be kept updated throughout the season.

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The salary cap

There’s really two salary caps, in a sense, so let’s get into the distinctions.

The “overall” season-long cap

For the entirety of the 2020-21 NHL season, teams are required to have average annual cap spending of less than $81.5 million. As in: the average annual cap hit of the players on their roster throughout the season cannot exceed $81.5 million.

(Well, except for weird stuff like long-term injury exemptions and performance bonuses, but for “regular” spending, it’s a hard cap.)

Conceptually, it’s easy to imagine the same 20-to-23 players sitting on the Flames’ roster all season. But that’s not how it works, because players get traded, injured, demoted and called up. So the actual cap impact of each player’s contract depends on how many days they’re on the roster.

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Daily cap calculations

The NHL season is 116 days long in 2020-21. Every day at 3 p.m. MT, the NHL’s Central Registry takes a snapshot of the players on each team’s roster. The cap hits of the players are logged and pro-rated for that day (e.g., their cap hit divided by 116 to get their daily cap impact) and savings below the overall cap also logged and pro-rated. It’s best to think of the cap savings like a piggy bank or change jar: you toss in the coins you didn’t spend, and you can only spend what you’ve previously saved.

Here’s the Flames’ starting roster (with overall cap hits), as filed with the NHL:

  • Goalies: Jacob Markstrom ($6 million), David Rittich ($2.75 million)
  • Defensemen: Mark Giordano ($6.75 million), Noah Hanifin ($4.95 million), Rasmus Andersson ($4.55 million), Chris Tanev ($4.5 million), Juuso Valimaki ($894,166), Nikita Nesterov ($700,000)
  • Forwards: Matthew Tkachuk ($7 million), Johnny Gaudreau ($6.75 million), Sean Monahan ($6.375 million), Mikael Backlund ($5.35 million), Milan Lucic ($5.25 million), Elias Lindholm ($4.85 million), Sam Bennett ($2.55 million), Andrew Mangiapane ($2.425 million), Josh Leivo ($875,000), Dillon Dube ($778,333), Joakim Nordstrom ($700,000), Dominik Simon ($700,000)
  • Buy-outs: Troy Brouwer ($1.5 million), Michael Stone ($1.167 million)
  • Taxi squad (cap hit only count while they’re on NHL roster unless noted): G Louis Domingue ($700,000), D Oliver Kylington ($787,500), D Connor Mackey ($925,000), F Zac Rinaldo ($700,000), F Buddy Robinson ($700,000), F Derek Ryan ($3.125 million, $2.05 million while on taxi squad)

The overall cap commitments of the Flames’ opening roster, including the two buy-outs and Ryan’s buried salary, was $79,414,167.

Date Roster Size Total Cap Hits Total Cap Space Daily Space Notes
Jan. 13, 2021 20 $79,414,166 $2,085,834 $17,981 Starting roster
Jan. 14, 2021 22 $81,189,166 $310,834 $2,680 Added Ryan & Domingue from taxi
Jan. 15, 2021 20 $79,414,166 $2,085,834 $17,981 Ryan & Domingue back to taxi
Jan. 16, 2021 22 $81,276,666 $223,334 $1,925 Added Ryan & Kylington from taxi
Jan. 17, 2021 20 $79,414,166 $2,085,834 $17,981 Ryan & Kylington back to taxi
Jan. 18, 2021 22 $81,276,666 $223,334 $1,925 Added Ryan & Kylington from taxi
Jan. 19, 2021 21 $80,114,166 $1,385,834 $11,947 Added Stone (signed); Ryan & Kylington back to taxi
Jan. 20, 2021 20 $79,414,166 $2,085,834 $17,981 Stone to AHL
Jan. 21, 2021 20 $79,414,166 $2,085,834 $17,981 No changes
Jan. 22, 2021 20 $79,414,166 $2,085,834 $17,981 No changes
Jan. 23, 2021 20 $79,414,166 $2,085,834 $17,981 No changes
Jan. 24, 2021 22 $81,276,666 $223,334 $1,925 Added Ryan & Kylington from taxi
Jan. 25, 2021 20 $79,414,166 $2,085,834 $17,981 Ryan & Kylington back to taxi
Jan. 26, 2021 22 $81,276,666 $223,334 $1,925 Added Ryan & Kylington from taxi
Jan. 27, 2021 21 $80,114,166 $1,385,834 $11,947 Added Stone from AHL
Jan. 28, 2021 22 $81,189,166 $310,834 $2,680 Added Ryan & Robinson from taxi; Stone to taxi
Jan. 29, 2021 21 $80,114,166 $1,385,834 $11,947 Ryan back to taxi
Jan. 30, 2021 21 $80,489,166 $1,010,834 $8,714 Added Ryan; Robinson back to taxi
Jan. 31, 2021 21 $80,114,166 $1,385,834 $11,947 Added Robinson; Ryan back to taxi
Feb. 1, 2021 22 $81,414,166 $85,834 $740 Added Ryan & Mackey; Robinson back to taxi
Feb. 2, 2021 22 $81,414,166 $85,834 $740 No changes
Feb. 3, 2021 21 $80,114,166 $1,385,834 $11,947 Added Robinson; Ryan & Mackey back to taxi
Feb. 4, 2021 22 $81,189,166 $310,834 $2,680 Added Ryan & Rinaldo; Robinson back to taxi
Feb. 5, 2021 21 $80,489,166 $1,010,834 $8,714 Rinaldo back to taxi
Feb. 6, 2021 23* $82,839,166* $0* $0* Added Froese from AHL; added Mackey & Rinaldo; Ryan to LTIR
Feb. 7, 2021 20* $80,489,166*
(Below ACSL)
$698,491* $6,021* Mackey & Rinaldo back to taxi; Froese back to AHL
Feb. 8, 2021 20* $80,489,166*
(Below ACSL)
$698,491* $6,021* No changes
Feb. 9, 2021 23* $82,839,166* $0* $0* Added Mackey (from taxi), Froese & Ritchie (from AHL)
Feb. 10, 2021 22* $81,889,166* $0* $0* Added Robinson; Mackey & Froese to taxi; Gawdin to taxi from AHL; Stone to AHL
Feb. 11, 2021 23* $82,839,166* $0* $0* Added Mackey & Froese; Ritchie to taxi
Feb. 12, 2021 22* $81,889,166* $0* $0* Added Ritchie; Mackey & Froese to taxi
Feb. 13, 2021 23* $82,839,166* $0* $0* Added Mackey & Froese; Ritchie to taxi
Feb. 14, 2021 22* $81,914,166* $0* $0* Mackey to taxi
Feb. 15, 2021 23* $82,839,166* $0* $0* Added Mackey
Feb. 16, 2021 20* $80,489,166*
(Below ACSL)
$698,491* $6,021* Mackey, Robinson & Froese to taxi; Gawdin & Ritchie to AHL
Feb. 17, 2021 23* $82,701,666* $0* $0* Added Kylington, Froese & Ritchie
Feb. 18, 2021 21* $81,214,166* $0* $0* Kylington & Ritchie to taxi
Feb. 19, 2021 23* $82,839,166* $0* $0* Added Mackey & Ritchie
Feb. 20, 2021 23* $82,676,666* $0* $0* Added Gawdin, Kylington & Robinson; Mackey to AHL; Ritchie & Froese to taxi; Domingue to AHL from taxi; Zagidulin & Stone to taxi from AHL
Feb. 21, 2021 22* $81,889,166* $0* $0* Kylington to taxi
Feb. 22, 2021 23* $82,676,666* $0* $0* Added Zagidulin & Kylington; Robinson to taxi
Feb. 23, 2021 22* $81,889,166* $0* $0* Kylington to taxi
Feb. 24, 2021 23* $82,676,666* $0* $0* Added Kylington
Feb. 25, 2021 23** $83,239,166* $0* $0* Added Rinaldo & Robinson; Kylington to taxi; Markstrom to IR
Feb. 26, 2021 21** $81,889,166* $0* $0* Gawdin & Rinaldo to taxi
Feb. 27, 2021 23** $83,376,666* $0* $0* Added Gawdin & Kylington
Feb. 28, 2021 21** $81,889,166* $0* $0* Gawdin & Kylington to taxi
Mar. 1, 2021 22** $82,676,666* $0* $0* Added Rinaldo & Kylington; Robinson to taxi
Mar. 2, 2021 20** $81,189,166* $0* $0* Rinaldo & Kylington to taxi; Gawdin to AHL
Mar. 3, 2021 21* $81,189,166 $310,834 $2,680 Ryan activated from LTIR
Mar. 4, 2021 22 $81,276,666 $223,334 $1,925 Markstrom activated from IR; added Kylington & Ritchie; Simon to taxi; Zagidulin to AHL from taxi; Domingue to taxi from AHL
Mar. 5, 2021 21 $80,201,666 $1,298,334 $11,193 Ryan to taxi; Froese to AHL
Mar. 6, 2021 22 $81,276,666 $223,334 $1,925 Added Ryan
To date: (53 of 116 days) $274,020

Our pals at PuckPedia also have a handy daily tracker. (Stars next to roster size reflect number of players on IR at a given time not included in roster limit.)

The Flames have $274,020 of cap space banked from prior days. With 63 days remaining in the regular season, the club is allowed to spend $4,349 above the salary cap in order to use up the remaining space. (As we get closer to the end of the season, they would be allowed to go further and further above the cap to use up their banked space.)

While Derek Ryan was on LTIR (Feb. 6 to Mar. 2), their temporary cap ceiling was $84,312,657 and their “Accruable Cap Space Limit” was $312,343 below the $81.5 million cap ceiling (e.g., the cap ceiling minus the space they had when they put Ryan on LTIR) or $81,187,657.

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Waiver status

After a player who requires waivers to be demoted has cleared, they can be freely demoted (and recalled) for the remainder of that season until they have (a) dressed for 10 NHL games or (b) been on the NHL roster for 30 days, whichever comes first.

[Last update: Mar. 6, 2021]

Player Date cleared NHL games since Roster days since
F Dominik Simon Mar. 4, 2021 0 0
F Derek Ryan Mar. 3, 2021 1 2
D Michael Stone Jan. 19, 2021 0 2
F Brett Ritchie Jan. 18, 2021 3 8
F Zac Rinaldo Jan. 12, 2021 1 4
F Derek Ryan Jan. 12, 2021 10 36
D Oliver Kylington Jan. 12, 2021 3 13
F Buddy Robinson Jan. 11, 2021 4 16
D Alex Petrovic Jan. 11, 2021 0 0
F Justin Kirkland Jan. 11, 2021 0 0
F Byron Froese Jan. 11, 2021 6 9
G Louis Domingue Jan. 11, 2021 1 1

Need waivers, but weren’t waived: David Rittich, Mark Giordano, Noah Hanifin, Rasmus Andersson, Chris Tanev, Nikita Nesterov, Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Mikael Backlund, Elias Lindholm, Sam Bennett, Andrew Mangiapane, Josh Leivo, Joakim Nordstrom, Dominik Simon

Need waivers, but can’t be waived: Jacob Markstrom, Milan Lucic [They have no-move clauses.]

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Waiver exempt: Juuso Valimaki, Dillon Dube

For even more salary cap, waivers and CBA information, head on over to PuckPedia!