Eyes On the Dollar Preseason Edition: Boston Bruins

Cam Lewis
August 27 2015 08:00AM

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

It's been a roller coaster offseason in Boston. Milan Lucic, Reilly Smith, and Dougie Hamilton were traded away, Carl Soderberg and Gregory Campbell left via free agency, and Matt Beleskey was signed to a five year contract. When it was all said and done, the Bruins look like a completely different team than the one they were last year, and on top of that, their cap outlook looks a lot less foggy. At this time last year, the Bruins were frequently mentioned as one of the team stuck deep in cap hell, but after a handful of pretty shocking moves this summer, they actually have a lot of flexibility moving forward. This summer, they'll have to make decisions on Loui Eriksson and Torey Krug, among others, who are in need of new contracts at the end of the season. After a jump, I'll break down the Bruins' short and long term cap situation. 

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Eyes on the Dollar Preseason Edition: Arizona Coyotes

Cam Lewis
August 23 2015 02:41PM

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 Arizona Coyotes finished the 2014-15 season with the worst record in the Western Conference, and it's fair to assume that they'll do the same again this season. Although the Coyotes are a ways away from being competitive, they've put together a solid group of prospects including Dylan Strome, Anthony Duclair, and Max Domi. If all goes well, the Coyotes will have been bad enough to draft local hero and blue chip prospect Auston Matthews with the first overall pick in the draft. Long story short, the Coyotes aren't worrying about winning games right now, they're looking at finally putting together a contending team that can grab the attention of potential fans in the desert. 

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Eyes on the Dollar Preseason Edition: Anaheim Ducks

Cam Lewis
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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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 21 2015 06:45AM

RoundUp

Pavel Bure's Legends Hockey League, Trevor Linden defends GM, is Babcock really better than Carlyle, Flames new arena, Sam Bennett at centre, McDavid and Hall get head start on season, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen

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Bargain Bin Shopping: Forwards Left on the Market

Cam Lewis
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. 

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