The NHL's 2016-17 cap ceiling and this summer's UFA class

Cam Lewis
December 09 2015 04:55PM

A couple of days ago at the league’s Board of Governors Meeting, Commissioner Gary Bettman said that the NHL’s salary cap could go up by roughly $3 million next season. He also went on to say that this was a “very, very, very rough projection” and that next year’s cap will “depend on a variety of different factors” like the strength of the Canadian dollar and the revenue the league can generate. It’s important to remember that this time last year, Bettman suggested that the cap for the 2015-16 season would be around $73 million, but as we know, it ended up being less than that. 

If this is the case, and everything goes according to plan, we’ll be looking at somewhere around a $74.5 million salary cap ceiling for the 2016-17 season, which could be interesting as we head into a summer that boasts one of the best free agent classes of recent memory. 

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Top to Bottom: Checking in with each team two months into the season

Cam Lewis
December 07 2015 02:58PM

We're two months into the NHL season! The Jets and Lightning are underachieving because of issues on special teams, it seems like an AHL team could compete for a playoff spot in the Pacific Division, and the Dallas Stars are scoring like a team straight out of the 1980s. Let's look up and down the league at our legitimate contenders, bubble teams, and write-offs. 

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Are the Edmonton Oilers actually this bad?

Cam Lewis
December 05 2015 07:49PM

The article Mike Brophy wrote for the Hockey News recently got me thinking about the Oilers and whether they’re actually as bad as their record suggests. He essentially said that it's absurd how bad the Oilers are after drafting first overall four times in the past six years, and that the league should do something to ensure that teams aren’t constantly rewarded for their ineptitude. He also talked about a coach named Scott McLellan and the Columbus Blue Jackets selecting Erik Johnson first overall in 2006, but that’s beside the point. 

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The Roundup

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December 04 2015 06:45AM

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The Maple Leafs are boring and we can prove it, Virtanen should go to World Juniors not McCann, Byfuglien for Hamonic a no go, what's wrong with Sean Monahan, Oilers leading odds to win the 2016 draft lottery, a look at the 10 different types of hockey fans, a great scrap, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Future Free Agent Profiles: Jamie Benn

Cam Lewis
December 03 2015 04:11PM

It’s time for the Dallas Stars to start thinking about Jamie Benn’s next contract. The Stars’ captain and last year’s Art Ross Trophy winner is in the fourth year of a five-year deal signed back at the beginning of the 2013 lockout season, and if he makes his way onto the free agent market come July 2017 he’ll certainly be one of, if not the most coveted pieces available. 

Benn is in the midst of another star season in Dallas. He’s leading the league in goals with 18, and he sits second in points behind only Patrick Kane with 35. If he continues at this pace, he’ll finish the year with 115 points, which would not only shatter his own career high, but also represent the best individual season we’ve seen in terms of production since Sidney Crosby scored 125 back in 2006-07. 

So yeah, I think it’s fair to say that Jamie Benn has easily established himself as one of the league’s best forwards at this point in his career. So what does that mean for the Dallas Stars? And what should we expect from his next contract? He's going to be getting an upgrade on his $5.25 million annual salary, that's for sure. 

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