Because it's the Cap: Pittsburgh Penguins

Scott Maxwell
June 23 2016 04:00PM


Woohoo, the Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup! They looked like they were dead in the water, but then they turned it around and went all the way to the Cup! Nothing can change my positive feelings towards this team...

*looks at Pittsburgh's cap situation*

*spit take*

Okay, jokes aside, the Penguins are coming into the offseason with a Cup victory, and a messy cap situation. But, as I mentioned with the Los Angeles Kings and the Boston Bruins, you pay a hefty price to win a championship, and it can cause quite a mess in the salary cap. But, how will the team try and keep the band together without putting them in a terrible situation?

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Because It's The Cap: Dallas Stars

Scott Maxwell
June 18 2016 10:00AM


The NHL's most entertaining team is in a tight jam.

The Dallas Stars are stuck in a very abnormal cap situation. They have just 11 forwards, 4 defensemen, and 2 goalies locked up, with $13 million in cap space. While that isn't a huge issue, the two goalies account for almost 18% of the cap, and the team had the sixth worst save percentage this year. This was a team that made it to game 7 of the conference semifinals this year without Tyler Seguin, and could very well be a Cup contender if they improve in net, but it won't be easy.

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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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