Eyes On the Dollar Preseason Edition: Calgary Flames

Cam Lewis
September 01 2015 08:30AM

This is a 30 part series analyzing the short and long term cap situations of each team in the NHL as we head into the 2015-16 season. The stats and information that I use in these articles is courtesy of Hockey Reference and War on Ice, and of course, NHLNumbers.    

The Flames were a very puzzling team last season. Throughout the entire season, everybody was waiting for the wheels to fall off and for the Flames to fall off a cliff like so many other teams who tried to defy advanced stats before them. Despite boasting some of the worst underlying and peripheral stats in the league last season, they managed to earn themselves one of the most unlikely playoff berths in recent memory. This year, they face a pretty big challenge. After what many believe was a fluke season, the Flames need to prove that they're actually legitimate, and that they don't deserve to be put in the same category as the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche as pretty bad teams who somehow snuck into the playoffs. They added Dougie Hamilton and Michael Frolik in the offseason to help push themselves in the right direction, but ultimately, the success of the Flames comes down to whether or not their young forwards, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau among others, can continue to produce at the same level they did last season. When the season comes to an end, the Flames are going to have to deal with new contracts for nearly half their team, as the aforementioned Gaudreau and Monahan's entry level deals come to an end, and a handful of other key players are set to hit free agency. It's going to be an interesting year in Calgary. 

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Eyes On the Dollar Preseason Edition: Buffalo Sabres

Cam Lewis
August 30 2015 09:00AM

This is a 30 part series analyzing the short and long term cap situations of each team in the NHL as we head into the 2015-16 season. The stats and information that I use in these articles is courtesy of Hockey Reference and War on Ice, and of course, NHLnumbers. 

The Buffalo Sabres have had an exciting offseason. After being the worst team in the NHL offseason, the Sabres added the greatest consolation prize to Connor McDavid imaginable in Jack Eichel to an already pretty loaded prospect core. They also made a blockbuster trade for Ryan O'Reilly and then signed him to the biggest contract in franchise history. Now there's talk that they're interested in signing Cody Franson, who was supposed to be one of, if not the best defenceman on the UFA market this summer. The Sabres aren't going to go all the way from the bottom of the league's standings to a contender in one offseason, but that doesn't mean they won't be an interesting team to watch this year. How much better did they get, and what can be expected of them this season? Are they going to be able to fit all of these good, young players under the cap in a few years? 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 28 2015 06:15AM

RoundUp

Canucks building a contender, Leafs hire old Oiler scout, Giordano gets paid, Calgary's arena talks, show Byfuglien the money, Yakupov with McDavid, jersey sponsors, team previews, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Eyes On the Dollar Preseason Edition: Boston Bruins

Cam Lewis
August 27 2015 08:00AM

This is a 30 part series analyzing the short and long term cap situations of each team in the NHL as we head into the 2015-16 season. The stats and information that I use in these articles is courtesy of Hockey Reference and War on Ice, and of course, NHLnumbers

It's been a roller coaster offseason in Boston. Milan Lucic, Reilly Smith, and Dougie Hamilton were traded away, Carl Soderberg and Gregory Campbell left via free agency, and Matt Beleskey was signed to a five year contract. When it was all said and done, the Bruins look like a completely different team than the one they were last year, and on top of that, their cap outlook looks a lot less foggy. At this time last year, the Bruins were frequently mentioned as one of the team stuck deep in cap hell, but after a handful of pretty shocking moves this summer, they actually have a lot of flexibility moving forward. This summer, they'll have to make decisions on Loui Eriksson and Torey Krug, among others, who are in need of new contracts at the end of the season. After a jump, I'll break down the Bruins' short and long term cap situation. 

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Eyes on the Dollar Preseason Edition: Arizona Coyotes

Cam Lewis
August 23 2015 02:41PM

This is a 30 part series analyzing the short and long term cap situations of each team in the NHL as we head into the 2015-16 season. The stats and information that I use in these articles is courtesy of Hockey Reference and War on Ice, and of course, NHLNumbers

The Arizona Coyotes finished the 2014-15 season with the worst record in the Western Conference, and it's fair to assume that they'll do the same again this season. Although the Coyotes are a ways away from being competitive, they've put together a solid group of prospects including Dylan Strome, Anthony Duclair, and Max Domi. If all goes well, the Coyotes will have been bad enough to draft local hero and blue chip prospect Auston Matthews with the first overall pick in the draft. Long story short, the Coyotes aren't worrying about winning games right now, they're looking at finally putting together a contending team that can grab the attention of potential fans in the desert. 

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