Navigating the salary cap is one of the most important jobs for any CEO. Teams that can avoid utter cap chaos by walking a tightrope from inking players to deals that match their value (or offset future value without breaking the bank) remain successful. Those who don’t see front office struggles and changes.
PHR will take a look at each NHL team and provide an in-depth look at their cap situation heading into the 2021-22 season. This will focus more on players who are regulars to the roster rather than those who might find themselves shuttling between the AHL and the NHL. All figures in the ceiling are courtesy of CapFriendly.
Vegas Golden Knights
Current heading reached:
$ 81,537,439 (above the upper limit of $ 81.5 million)
F Peyton krebs ($ 863,000 until 2023-24)
Potential bonuses: $ 412.5K
Krebs, a 2019 first-round player, got a brief glimpse into the NHL at the end of last season and has held on. He may have to wait to take a peek into the coming season – there will be roster limitations again when everyone is healthy – but if their summer acquisitions to bolster their central depth don’t play out. as hoped, Krebs should have a legitimate opportunity shortly thereafter.
One year remaining, non-entry level
F Sven Baertschi ($ 750K, UFA)
D Jake bischoff ($ 717,000, UFA)
D Nicolas The Hague ($ 792,000, RFA)
F Brett howden ($ 885,000, RFA)
F Mattias Janmark ($ 2 M, UFA)
F Keegan Kolesar ($ 725K, RFA)
D Brayden McNabb ($ 2.5 M, UFA)
F Nicolas roy ($ 750K, RFA)
F Reilly smith ($ 5 M, UFA)
D Zach White Cloud ($ 725K, RFA)
Smith has been in the Vegas top six for the past four seasons, but saw his production drop significantly last season. His first three years provided good value for the Golden Knights, but a similar performance in 2021-22 could see his market value drop. As it stands, they might have a hard time retaining Smith beyond this contract.
Janmark was a surprise re-signing as he was supposed to get more elsewhere, but instead chose to strike a below-market deal to stay with Vegas. If Smith leaves, Janmark could be one of the beneficiaries and some of that money will come back to him for 2022-2023 and beyond.
Roy played a bigger role last season and could double his current AAV next summer with a similar performance while Howden, another center in that mix, will need to play closer to his first two seasons if he wants a raise. important.
Both Kolesar and Baertschi are low-priced pieces and Vegas will need to have a few beyond this season.
McNabb is the only defenseman remaining in Vegas who was directly selected in expansion. He doesn’t present the offensive numbers to command the best price, but strong home defenders have made over $ 3.5 million in recent years. It is certainly achievable if it gets to the free market.
Hague had a great first full season in the NHL in the third matchup, but with their depth and ceiling situation, he will likely play a similar role this coming season and is considering a cheap one-year contract next summer. to preserve flexibility in the short term.
Whitecloud is not as established, but unlike Hague, he will have arbitration rights during the offseason to help him with negotiations, where he could push to double his AAV.
Bischoff is tied for the lowest AAV in the entire league, which will sometimes have him in the mix as well.
Two years left
Pacioretty eclipsed the points-per-game score for the first time in his career last season while leading the Golden Knights in goals for a second straight season. As long as that happens, they will be happy with his contract.
Dadonov was one of the most confusing jobs of the summer. Yes, he’s helped on the power play in the past, which is a concern, but using up a lot of the cap space of the Marc-André Fleury trading on a winger who struggled last season is definitely a risk.
Brossoit has had two good seasons out of the last three, but in the middle it was a particularly difficult performance. In all three, playing time was limited. His career high in games played in a single season is just 21. This has landed him a cheaper contract than more proven saves. While Brossoit picks up where he left off in Winnipeg and can play a few more games, however, he is still young enough (28) to land a bigger contract in two years.
Three years left
Marchessault has more than proven his breakthrough year in Florida was no fluke as he was a key part of the Vegas offense for all four seasons. That price tag for someone playing above 50 points is a pretty welcome comeback.
It’s not as good a comeback as having a top-six center making money in the third row, which they have at Stephenson. Leaving Washington allowed him to become a reliable second understudy and a staple for them in the process.
Carrier doesn’t produce a lot but plays an efficient role with a lot of sandpaper and it is the fourth liners that are often paid in free agency. Vegas could fill that spot with someone cheaper if needed, but Carrier brings an element that few others do before.