Because It's The Cap: Nashville Predators

Jeremy Crowe
June 08 2016 11:00AM

Nashville built off of a strong 2014/15 season with a very good 2015/16, although to some it may have been considered a bit of a disappointment. The team made it to game seven of the Western Conference semi-finals, before ultimately bowing out to the Sharks, but finished with eight fewer points than the previous season. There were some scoring woes and, despite the addition of top centre Ryan Johansen from Columbus in a mid-season blockbuster, the team was unable to produce consistent results. On the whole, Nashville suffered from a bit of bad luck regarding shooting percentage, and subpar performances in net from Pekka Rinne and Carter Hutton. Had they performed as well as their expected goal metric indicated, we might be singing a different tune about Nashville’s final positioning this season.

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Because It's The Cap: Philadelphia Flyers

Shawn Reis
June 07 2016 09:00AM

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 Flyers were kind of a nice story last year, if you can get behind a team that comes from a city with a shabby reputation. Still, the team was able to sneak into the playoffs with a late season push led by a rookie coach, a rookie defenseman, and some stellar goaltending.

The team was far from perfect — they had puck possession percentages on the wrong side of 50, and ultimately were -4 in goal differential, but they still did enough to keep themselves playing hockey past early April. Let's take a closer look at what exactly the Flyers have on their roster, in their system, and on the books in order to better assess where the team can and should go moving forward.

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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: Minnesota Wild

Adam Laskaris
June 04 2016 12:00PM

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 Lakes bad contracts.

After crashing out of the playoffs in six games, what's next for the Wild? The answer may (ok it probably won't) surprise you:

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Because It's The Cap: Carolina Hurricanes

Adam Laskaris
June 04 2016 09:00AM

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. Also, sweet throwback pads from Trevor Kidd in the pic above, no?

Carolina was an imperfect storm in 2015-16, meddling through an 86-point season. Rough goaltending, a lack of offence and a talented, but young defensive group performed perhaps above some expectations, but still didn't light the league on fire. A bubble playoff teams at times during the season... Carolina heads into the 2016 offseason as one of the most crucial years in this franchise's future. The team appears to be on the come-up, but as we all know, that's easier said than done.

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