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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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
June 03 2016 05:00AM

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Examining Canada's World Cup roster, Phil Kessel closing in on a Stanley Cup, Gudbranson not so bad after all, Jets captaincy, who do the Flames pick at 6th, Chiarelli ready to play in Edmonton, the Expansion draft, NHL draft, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Because It's The Cap: Ottawa Senators

Scott Maxwell
June 02 2016 10:00AM


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 Ottawa Senators are a sight to behold. After all, this is a team that should be contender every year, with guys like Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Bobby Ryan, Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris putting the puck in the net, and Erik Karlsson driving the back end.

The problem is that that is all they have. Sure, they have some decent depth pieces, but not players good enough to be in the role that they play on a Cup contender. This is a team that has the cap space to add a couple key pieces, but Eugene Melnyk is too cheap to open up his wallet, and actually try to build a team.

No worries though, just Moneypuck this team, and they can get to the promised land, considering that's the type of method they need to go for. Wait, what's that Melnyk? Experienced players don't need analytics, form your experience with horse analytics? Well, toss that idea in the garbage.

Yeah, this team might be screwed.

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