Eyes on the Dollar: Los Angeles Kings

Cam Lewis
February 02 2015 10:18PM

Should I give the same introduction again? We all know the Canadian dollar is plummeting, and we all know it’s a nightmare for the NHL. It’s going to really hurt Canadian markets, but since a large chunk of the league’s hockey related revenue is based on Canadian teams, American teams are also going to be hit with some repercussions. In short, the most noticeable effect all teams will face is the salary cap. While many expected the cap to rise to around $75 million before the 2015-16 season, Gary Bettman suggested a couple weeks ago that if the Canadian dollar fell to $0.80, the cap ceiling would be around $71.5 million. The Canadian dollar is now at $0.79, so if this trend continues, the cap could realistically fall even lower than the figure Bettman gave. 

This predicament will certainly throw a wrench in the plans of the Los Angeles Kings. Much like many other teams in the league, the Kings were banking on the prospect of the cap ceiling going up in order to address issues like improving their roster and giving new contracts to impending free agents. Unfortunately for them, the cap won’t be rising as much as they expected, meaning they’ll have to make some tough decisions on some of their key players, especially if they can’t find landing spots for their dead weight. Stashing Mike Richards in the minors isn’t going fix this problem. 

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THOMAS DRANCE NAMED NATION NETWORK OVERLORD

Wanye
February 02 2015 03:40PM

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The following is a look at the machinations and plots behind the scenes at the Nation Network. If you don't care/don't want to know please click here to read a riveting piece about the Oilers overcoming an early season insistence on using the swarm defense. You have been warned.

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Nation Network Power Rankings: St. Louis is No. 2, Maple Leafs slide to 26

Thomas Drance
February 02 2015 10:38AM

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They've been called "the Glenn Healy" of NHL Power Rankings, they've been furiously annotated and derided as useless. And now they're here. Available across the Nation Network: it's NHL Power Rankings!

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First Star, Worst Star: February 1, 2015

jeanshorts
February 01 2015 10:00AM

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SUPER BOWL WEEKEND!! I hope everyone bought enough tonnage of beer and chips and pizza and wings. It's the one day a year where it's acceptable to eat your weight in deep fried foods and pass out on the toilet by 8PM. But in the mean time, let's check out who was the best, and the best of the worst in the NHL this week!

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Eyes on the Dollar: Chicago Blackhawks

Cam Lewis
January 31 2015 05:28PM

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It’s been beaten to death at this point. We all know the Canadian dollar is plummeting, and we all know it’s a nightmare for the NHL. It’s going to really hurt Canadian markets, but since a large chunk of the league’s hockey related revenue is based on Canadian teams, American teams are also going to be hit with some repercussions. In short, the most noticeable effect all teams will face is the salary cap. While many expected the cap to rise to around $75 million before the 2015-16 season, Gary Bettman suggested a couple weeks ago that if the Canadian dollar fell to $0.80, the cap ceiling would be around $71.5 million. The Canadian dollar is now at $0.79, so the cap could realistically fall even lower than the figure Bettman gave. 

With that being said, a lot of teams who were quietly counting on the cap to bump up a little bit are in a really, really rough position moving forward. The Chicago Blackhawks are at the top of that list. With Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane’s colossal extensions set to kick in next season, they’re going to have to do a lot of work to do this summer. 

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