August 22 2015 10:00AM
This is a 30 part series analyzing the short and long term cap situations of each team in the NHL as we head into the 2015-16 season. The stats and information that I use in these articles is courtesy of Hockey Reference and War on Ice, and of course, NHLNumbers.
The Anaheim Ducks were far and away the best team in the Pacific Division last season. They rolled through the Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Flames on their way to the Conference Finals before they were stopped in the seventh game of the series by the Chicago Blackhawks, the eventual Stanley Cup winner. The Ducks had a busy offseason resulting in their team looking very different than the one we watched in the playoffs last season. They lost Matt Beleskey and Francois Beauchemin, traded away Kyle Palmeri, Emerson Etem, and James Wisniewski, added a handful of depth forwards through free agency, and signed Carl Hagelin and Jakub Silfverberg to long term deals. When it was all said and done, the Ducks look like just as strong a team as they were last year. That being said, they only have eight forwards and three defencemen signed heading into the 2016-17 season, and seven key young players will be in need of new RFA contracts next summer.
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August 21 2015 06:45AM
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August 20 2015 09:00AM
Remember when teams were happy to hand out massive contracts like Halloween candy during the NHL's free agency period? That certainly hasn't been the case this summer. In fact, this has been a terrible summer for free agents, as the lower-than-expected cap ceiling has resulted in teams being more conservative ever with their offseason roster improvements. As a result, we're getting towards the end of August and a handful of notable players are still floating around on the market looking for new contracts. While this is awful for the players, it's great for General Managers. There's a massive supply of quality, veteran players on the market, but thee isn't much demand for team. As a result, the players are more than likely going to have to settle for a much smaller chunk of cash than they expected if they want to play in the NHL next season.
Yesterday I looked at some of the interesting defencemen still on the market, so today I'm going to break down which forwards could be signed at a cheap price.
August 19 2015 01:00PM
This was a bad summer to become a free agent. The cap ceiling didn't rise as much as many teams expected, and as a result, teams were more hesitant than ever to hand out massive contracts to the players available on the free agent market. We're getting towards the end of summer and there are still a handful of solid free agents looking for employment. If these guys want to play in the NHL next season, they're probably going to have to do so at a reduced amount of cash or length of term than they originally expected heading into the offseason. At this point, you can call it bargain bin hunting because the teams hold most of the negotiation power. There aren't many teams left looking to add via free agency, so the options for these guys to sign look fairly slim, especially if they're interested in playing on a contender.
After the jump, I'll take a look at some of the interesting free agent defencemen still available in free agency, and who might be interested in their services for the upcoming season.
August 16 2015 08:00AM
Over the past couple weeks, I've been breaking down the good and the bad of what's happened so far during the 2015 NHL offseason. After going through all four divisions, looking at the players that teams have added and subtracted, and how they've spent their money, I figured I would put together a big list of which teams are winners and losers, and which teams are floating in their own category somewhere in the middle. Hey, it's the summer and we still have like seven weeks until the season starts, so it's the perfect time to sit back and speculate.