Because It's The Cap: San Jose Sharks Offseason Preview

Cam Lewis
June 10 2017 09:00AM

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The San Jose Sharks have a Jumbo decision to make this summer. Both Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, the faces of the Sharks' franchise over the past decade, are set to hit unrestricted free agency in July. They're still productive players at 37 years of age, as Thornton and Marleau finished fourth and fifth respectively in team scoring last season, but after a first round playoff exit at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers, it's time to wonder if the Sharks should move into the future. 

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Because It's The Cap: Ottawa Senators Offseason Preview

Shawn Reis
June 09 2017 12:00PM

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The Ottawa Senators managed to come within one goal of a Stanley Cup Finals berth this year. But are they really that good? And if they aren't, what steps do you take now? Let's take a look at the Senators roster and salary cap situation to try and get a better understanding of where this team is really at, so we can start to craft a practical approach to what should be an interesting offseason for a polarizing team.

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Because It's The Cap: Boston Bruins Offseason Preview

Shawn Reis
June 09 2017 09:00AM

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The Boston Bruins were a team that not a lot of people expected anything out of heading into the season. But on the heels of a balanced attack that saw them come 13th in the league in goals for and 9th in the league in goals against, not to mention a dominant 54.7% Corsi, they made the playoffs and put up a good fight against the eventual Eastern Conference finalist Ottawa Senators. Let's take a closer look at their roster, salary cap situation, and the road that lies ahead to see if and how they  can go from good team to great.

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Because It's The Cap: Toronto Maple Leafs Offseason Preview

Scott Maxwell
June 08 2017 12:00PM

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After finishing last place in 2015-16 and winning the draft lottery, the Toronto Maple Leafs had little to no expectations for this year. Many, in fact, expected no different than the previous season, despite the fact they improved in terms of scoring depth and goaltending, their two biggest flaws in their last place season. However, their were a few more optimistic fans who made sure their opinions were heard, and made the case that the Leafs, in fact, were actually a good team.

And actually good this team was. With the help of the three-headed-monster in Toronto in Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, and William Nylander, veteran scoring from James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri, and Tyler Bozak, and solid goaltending from Frederik Andersen, the Leafs snuck into a playoff spot and took the President's trophy winning Washington Capitals to six games before bowing out of the postseason, giving everyone a taste of what's to come.

Now, the Leafs probably have the easiest offseason ahead of them. With their expansion draft situation causing very little problems, very few contracts that need to be resigned on their main roster, and a ton of cap space, with about $10.5 million in LTIR available at their expense, the Leafs have the chance to load up for the next couple years while their best players are on entry level deals, and if they play their cards right, they could be looking at Cup contention as soon as next year.

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Because It's The Cap: Calgary Flames Offseason Preview

Ryan Pike
June 08 2017 10:26AM

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The Calgary Flames had an eventful 2016-17 season. Armed with a new head coach in Glen Gulutzan, new contracts for Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, and a pair of new goaltenders in Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson, they seemed poised for a big year. They stumbled out of the gate, boasting the league's worst record through the first month of the season – leading many observers to write them off.

But the Flames managed to turn things around, going on a few really strong runs and adapting over time to Gulutzan's puck possession system. They managed to make the playoffs for the second time in three seasons and while they were swept in four games by Anaheim, they turned a lot of heads for the way they went toe-to-toe with the Ducks.

This offseason, it's up to general manager Brad Treliving to make enough tweaks that the Flames can actually beat the Ducks the next time they face them in the playoffs. The team has a few holes due to some expiring contracts, but they also have a good amount of cap space to utilize to fill them.

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