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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Because It's The Cap: Colorado Avalanche

Cam Lewis
May 31 2016 10:00AM

Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Tyson Barrie, Semyon Varlamov: The Colorado Avalanche are loaded with talent. There’s certainly no denying that. But despite the wealth of excellent young players they currently boast on their roster, it’s difficult to get excited about this team and their future.

This isn’t because of the talent they have on the ice, it’s because of the Old Boys Club that has completely taken over the organization. Specifically, the Patrick Roy Head Coach slash President of Hockey Operations and Joe Sakic General Manager slash Executive Vice President slash whatever braintrust that has been responsible for numerous poor decisions in terms of roster composition and in-game execution. 

Over the past few years, the Avs have let go of Paul Stastny and Ryan O’Reilly among others, largely because of the salary they were going to command, yet they’ve gone ahead and spent the money saved on players who simply aren’t as good. And this summer, with Tyson Barrie and Nathan MacKinnon, two of the team’s best and most important pieces moving forward, in need of new RFA contracts, there isn’t much reason for faith in how this front office will navigate through the tricky prospect of fitting them both in long-term. 

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