Because It's The Cap: Los Angeles Kings

Scott Maxwell
June 14 2016 03:47PM

Considered to be one of the NHL's dynasties, the Kings have lost their touch recently. Whether it's due to the core aging, or the horrendous cap management, there are many places for you to point your fingers.

But can they get back to their glory of winning the Cup, or are they forever trapped between a rock and a hard place

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Because It's The Cap: Boston Bruins

Scott Maxwell
June 10 2016 10:00AM


In recent NHL history, no team has had more of a legacy than the Boston Bruins. Yes, the Kings and Blackhawks are dynasties. But, the Bruins are like an earthquake. Not only do they attack you when you're playing them, but they leave an aftershock, where teams felt the need to toughen up to match up to them.

Look at some of the bottom feeding franchises for examples. The Vancouver Canucks got bullied in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, to the point where they felt the need to toughen up in the offseason, making the team worse, and now look at them. The Toronto Maple Leafs, after blowing a 4-1 lead in 2013 *experiences 'Nam flashbacks*, also felt the need to toughen up, and added David Clarkson and Dave Bolland. The Buffalo Sabres, after Milan Lucic's run at Ryan Miller in 2012, felt the need to toughen up, and added John Scott. Do you see the pattern?

Another team left in the wake of the destruction of the Boston Bruins? The Boston Bruins. Yes, the team that re-defined toughness has tried so hard to emulate that in recent years to the point where they've become a parody of their former selves. That's how Zac Rinaldo and Kevan Miller came to be.

Without further ado, let's take a deeper look at what the Bruins need to do this offseason to get back to contender status — or if they even can.

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Because It's The Cap: New Jersey Devils

Scott Maxwell
June 06 2016 02:00PM

Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.

It's the end of an era in New Jersey.

With Cory Schneider taking the reins of Martin Brodeur in net, who left two years ago, Ray Shero taking over as general manager for Lou Lamoriello, who left for Toronto last year, and now with Patrik Elias contemplating retirement, the last of the late 90s, early 00s dynasty have left the team. All that remains are the three Cup banners hanging from the rafters, and the arena that they played in.

The team was notorious for consistently making the playoffs during their dynasty, but they haven't sniffed the playoffs since 2011-12, when they made the miracle run to the Finals. This is a team that doesn't have the greatest prospect pool, and while the team was contending for a playoff spot for most of the year, they still need some work in the big club to get something done.

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Because It's The Cap: Ottawa Senators

Scott Maxwell
June 02 2016 10:00AM


Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.

The Ottawa Senators are a sight to behold. After all, this is a team that should be contender every year, with guys like Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Bobby Ryan, Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris putting the puck in the net, and Erik Karlsson driving the back end.

The problem is that that is all they have. Sure, they have some decent depth pieces, but not players good enough to be in the role that they play on a Cup contender. This is a team that has the cap space to add a couple key pieces, but Eugene Melnyk is too cheap to open up his wallet, and actually try to build a team.

No worries though, just Moneypuck this team, and they can get to the promised land, considering that's the type of method they need to go for. Wait, what's that Melnyk? Experienced players don't need analytics, form your experience with horse analytics? Well, toss that idea in the garbage.

Yeah, this team might be screwed.

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Because It's The Cap: Montreal Canadiens

Scott Maxwell
May 30 2016 11:22AM


Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

One year ago, the Montreal Canadiens were a Cup contender on the backs of an MVP performance from goaltender Carey Price. Despite any flaws the team may have had (and there were many), Price covered just about all of it, until they faced a superior Tampa Bay Lightning team in the second round.

But, they regressed very, very hard this season. After a 9-0 start, Price once again showed his value to the team...in the sense that the team fell apart when he got hurt. The backups couldn't properly take his place, and even when they did, the team couldn't score. It's not even that they were that bad (they were 11th in Score Adjusted CF% this season), but the season just fell from their grasps.

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