2013-14 NHL Salary Cap Landscape

Eric Daoust

2013-05-16

 

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Daoust provides a comprehensive breakdown of all 30 NHL clubs and their cap situations.

 

For most keeper leagues the offseason begins as soon as the NHL regular season ends and lasts more than five months. During this time poolies will do a lot of maintenance on their teams to get ready for the next campaign. In fantasy leagues that use NHL salary cap figures the landscape changes in July when a slew of players sign new contracts.

 

This summer is going to be different. The NHL has a new collective bargaining agreement which means new rules and a lowered salary cap ceiling of $64.3 million for 2013-14. Most of the existing NHL contracts were signed under the old CBA which had a constantly-rising cap ceiling that peaked at $70.2 million in 2012-13. The transition from the old system to the new one will force some players to make financial sacrifices, at least for the first couple of years of the new CBA until the cap rises again to where it used to be.

 

The table below with numbers obtained using Capgeek shows where things stand today with regards to each team's salary cap situation for next year. This includes players who should be locks to make their respective squads. It does not remove players who will likely be placed on long-term injured reserve nor does it account for cheap players within the system who could receive a promotion just to help the team adhere to the cap ceiling.

 

Team 2013 Cap Space Plyrs Signed Cap Space $/Opening Key RFA Key UFA
Anaheim Ducks $13,268,939 18 $9,384,167 $1,876,833 Palmieri, Beleskey Selanne, Koivu, Lydman
Boston Bruins $5,713,438 17 $6,6