August 02 2016 09:00AM
Most World Cup of Hockey snubs have been discussed and put to rest, as rosters were announced nearly two months ago. After all, at some point it feels like the hockey world is just having the same discussion every few years, with the same names popping up every time international rosters are set.
However, the inclusion of two non-traditional teams – North America and Europe – means there’s a brand new subset of snubs to deal with, and one of the most egregious snubs on the Team North America front has barely been discussed outside of Montreal. 22-year-old Alex Galchenyuk’s omission from the final roster is puzzling even at a cursory glance (only Brandon Saad, among players eligible to play for North America, scored more NHL goals this past season), and a closer look at the current roster seems to support that leaving Galchenyuk off the team is difficult to defend.
August 01 2016 03:11PM
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It's pretty evident that the Leafs are in a very tight situation in regard to the NHL's salary cap at the moment. As of the time I'm writing this, General Fanager has the Leafs at just $55,916 in cap space. CapFriendly, which uses a slightly different list of players, has the Leafs with a little bit more room: $435,000. Since the Leafs still need to sign a back-up goalie, that's obviously not a great place to be in. But both cap sites are actually over-estimating how much space the Leafs have left, and that's because of the way that rookie bonuses work.
A couple of days ago Jeff Veillette listed all of the possible bonuses that the Leafs might have to pay out over the next couple of seasons. There are 15 players under contract to the Leafs who have the potential to hit performance bonuses next season. However, many of them will play few or even no minutes for Toronto in 2016-17, so we don't need to take account of all of them. But if we add up all of the players who are likely to make the opening night roster, the potential damage from bonuses is still pretty large.
August 01 2016 01:51PM
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While the original summer buyout window passed us all by before the start of free agency, teams who had salary arbitration cases to deal with are allowed a second kick at the can a few days after their disputes have been resolved, through rulings or settlements.
With Peter Holland, Frank Corrado, and Martin Marincin's cases now behind the Leafs, their window opened up today, giving them 48 hours to decide whether they'd like to part ways with one of their players. We hinted a bit at the value of this a few days ago, but today, we're going to combine two of our posts into one for the sake of outlining a potential white-hat gaming of the salary cap.
August 01 2016 11:41AM
The Arizona Coyotes placed Antoine Vermette on waivers today for the purpose of buyout. Vermette is nearing the end of a very successful NHL career, that includes over 900 regular-season games and a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks. Edmonton employed a tragic third and fourth line last season, can Vermette help?
July 30 2016 06:25PM
Laurent Brossoit (photo by Mark Williams) is in the mix for an NHL job this fall, as he and Jonas Gustavsson will be vying for the backup job to Cam Talbot. The AHL and ECHL nets are also in play, and with the summer's work (at this position) likely completed, let's have a look at the Oilers in goal.