How do the top teams in the NHL structure their cap?

Ari Yanover
July 27 2016 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames' cap structure has not yet been defined. Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau are set to be two of the team's highest-paid forwards for a while yet, and will likely dictate just what the team looks like going forward - and just what, exactly, the team will be able to spend.

We've already seen it set in motion with some of the bloodletting this off-season.

But in order to establish long-term success, a team needs to have responsible cap management. Dish out too much to too many, or to the wrong players, and a team can risk it all crumbling down. We may be seeing the Chicago Blackhawks in the midst of this, as they've lost players like Brandon Saad and Teuvo Teravainen due to cap concerns.

We don't know where the Flames will be - but let's take a look at how the most successful teams as of late structure their salaries.

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Flames 2016 Offseason: What would you have done?

Kent Wilson
July 26 2016 12:00PM

The Flames aren't done, but they are. Once Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau are signed, Brad Treliving will only have a few, minor bits of housekeeping left to do before the season starts. Sure, maybe he finds a way to trade Dennis Wideman, but in all actuality it will likely come down to re-inking guys like Freddie Hamilton and Tyler Wotherspoon. 

So what you see is more or less what you get. Are you satisfied? For the heck of it, let's play armchair GM to see what different paths the Flames could have taken. 

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Navigating through Toronto's salary cap wilderness

Jeff Veillette
July 26 2016 11:36AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are the richest team in hockey, and if the league still had no salary cap, I don't think a single fan or local media member would care how much they were spending on their players. But as long as a cap exists, available dollars are assets, and building a team is just as much about beating the market as it is about identifying talent.

Certainly, the Leafs are closer to realizing the efficiency dream than they've ever been, but there are still a couple of shorter-term trees to pass through before they get entirely out of the woods.

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Hockey Nation Profile: Falkland Islands, the Smallest of Them All

Steven Ellis
July 26 2016 10:59AM

Falkland Islands 2016

Photo from Falkland Islands Facebook

They haven't played an official IIHF event yet. One of their top players is from California. They won their first ever game 8-2 despite never playing on ice beforehand.

Meet the Falkland Islands, the smallest hockey nation in the world.

For those not familiar with the Falkland Islands, they are one of the 14 British Overseas Territories. Another member of that group, the Cayman Islands, has played ice hockey previously, competing in the 2005 World Pond Hockey Championships in Canada.

So what business do the Falkland Islands have playing ice hockey? Well, they may seem like the ultimate underdog, but their success has been evident after just two years.

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Auston Matthews & The Sluggish World Cup Of Hockey Sales

Greg Brady
July 26 2016 08:27AM

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With the signing of Auston Matthews by the Toronto Maple Leafs making it official, it's only a matter of time before he's in a Maple Leafs uniform and attempting to meet early expectations, once the regular season pucks begin dropping.  

But something unique and relatively rare is happening in the same city Matthews will call home, and I'm a bit curious as to why it's not been a bigger "sell" so far.

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