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The salary cap implications of the Calgary Flames’ Calle Jarnkrok trade

The Calgary Flames made another splash before their game on Wednesday night, acquiring Calle Jarnkrok from the Seattle Kraken in exchange for a trio of draft picks (and losing nobody off their big-league roster).

So what are the salary cap and roster implications of this trade?

The roster

The Flames began yesterday with a full 23-man roster:

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  • Goalies [2] Jacob Markstrom and Daniel Vladar
  • Defensemen [7] Noah Hanifin, Rasmus Andersson, Chris Tanev, Oliver Kylington, Erik Gudbranson, Nikita Zadorov and Michael Stone
  • Forwards [14] Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk, Andrew Mangiapane, Mikael Backlund, Blake Coleman, Tyler Toffoli, Milan Lucic, Sean Monahan, Dillon Dube, Adam Ruzicka, Brett Ritchie, Trevor Lewis and Brad Richardson

The Flames needed to send a player down to make a roster spot for Jarnkrok, and since Ruzicka is waiver exempt and still in his prime developmental years he was the odd man out.

With the move, the Flames are still at a full 23-man roster but have nobody left who is waiver exempt. The 23-man roster limit disappears at midnight (ET) as deadline day begins, though.

The salary cap

We’ll try to keep the math simple, pals.

A team’s projected cap space is calculated based on the previous days’ space that a team has saved and projecting the current cap spending over the remainder of the season. A team cannot make a move that would put their projected cap space into negative figures – unless there’s LTIR involved, which thankfully it’s not here.

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The trade was made after the 3 p.m. MT daily cap deadline on Wednesday (day 156 of the 200 day season). Through the first 156 days of the season, the Flames had banked $433,904 in accrued cap savings. This was usually due to being a little bit under the cap for each day and having those smaller savings accumulating until recently.

For cap calculation purposes, here are the Flames’ cap commitments for the remaining 44 days of the season:

Details Cap Hit
F Matthew Tkachuk $7,000,000
F Johnny Gaudreau $6,750,000
F Sean Monahan $6,375,000
G Jacob Markstrom $6,000,000
F Mikael Backlund $5,350,000
F Milan Lucic $5,250,000
D Noah Hanifin $4,950,000
F Blake Coleman $4,900,000
F Elias Lindholm $4,850,000
D Rasmus Andersson $4,550,000
D Chris Tanev $4,500,000
F Tyler Toffoli $4,250,000
D Nikita Zadorov $3,750,000
F Andrew Mangiapane $2,425,000
F Dillon Dube $2,300,000
D Erik Gudbranson $1,950,000
Troy Brouwer’s buyout $1,500,000
F Calle Jarnkrok $1,000,000
F Brett Ritchie $900,000
F Brad Richardson $800,000
F Trevor Lewis $800,000
D Michael Stone $750,000
D Oliver Kylington $750,000
G Daniel Vladar $750,000
Juuso Valimaki’s buried cap hit $450,000
Total Cap Commitments $82,825,000
Projected Cap Space -$1,325,000

Because the Flames are projected to be $1.325 million over the cap for 44 of the 200 days of the season, that amount is pro-rated to $291,500 over the cap.

Combined, the Flames savings and projected spending shakes out to being $142,404 in cap space over the full season, or about $712,022 in full-year cap hits added at the trade deadline.

A league minimum player counts $750,000 against the cap, so if the Flames want to add anybody else they’ll need to either (a) move an existing player out or (b) get the other team to retain salary.

The Flames don’t have a ton of cap wiggle room remaining, but they’ve put together a really, really good-looking hockey club on paper. Through 60 games, they’re pretty good on the ice, too.

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