Posted September 09, 2018 04:17:37There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the relative value of each team’s current and projected salary cap and the value of those players’ future contracts.
In this article, I’m going to take a look at each team and the salary cap situation surrounding each team.
The salary cap is the sum of the cap for each team that is allowed to exceed its cap for the current season.
The team with the highest cap number is the one that is projected to have the most cap space in the coming year.
If you want to see which teams have the best salary cap flexibility, check out this article from CapFriendly.com.
For each team, I’ll break down how the salary budget is projected for each season based on the cap number.
I’m including only the contracts for players who have already signed an extension.
For example, if a player is a restricted free agent, but he has not yet signed an entry-level deal, the number I’m projecting is the cap space they will have in the future, assuming they don’t sign a new contract.
If they do, I am projecting them to have an additional $3 million on the salary in the 2019-20 season.
For every team, the projected cap number for the coming season is also listed below.
For a complete list of the salary estimates for each of the 30 NHL teams, click here.
The following is a table showing how each team has projected its salary for each year.
Name Salary projected in 2019-2020 $/cap Number of years for which contract is projected by the team(s) Current cap number projected by team(es) Â Â 2017-18 $8,857,749 Â 2018-19 $9,037,848 Â 2019-80 $10,717,085 Â 2020-21 $10 and above Â $11,971,865 Â Future cap Â $13,816,972 Â Source: CapFriendley.com __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________RANGERS 1.
Pittsburgh Penguins -$12,100,000-$14,300,000 This is the Penguins projected cap for next season, which is expected to be around $15.8 million.
It’s projected to be $15 million higher than their projected cap last season.
The Penguins have the option to extend one of their young prospects or keep their current players.
Pittsburgh’s top two forwards in 2019 have contracts that pay them more than $8 million a year.
They are Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Olli Maatta.
Their second forward is Sidney Crosby.
They have an abundance of young defensemen.
It will be interesting to see if this roster can sustain its production.
Crosby will be 37 next season.
Maatta, 25, is in his fourth season in Pittsburgh.
He has been one of the best defensemen in the NHL.
While they are not projected to make the playoffs, the Penguins will be in good position to get there if they can maintain their top three forwards and two top defensemen and find a way to fill some of their holes.
This roster is also expected to have a high payroll in the years to come.
Vancouver Canucks $13,600,000-14,700,000This is a big jump for the Canucks.
They now have $11.2 million in cap space and will have $12.3 million in the next season’s cap.
The cap hit for this season is $15,000,000.
As the team with one of two highest cap numbers for the next few years, Vancouver is projected at $12 million.
They’ll be in a position to sign some big-name free agents to boost their payroll.
They could also be a team that struggles to score goals.
In the past few years in Vancouver, the Canucks have added a lot to their roster.
They’ve acquired young players that are both good and bad.
One of the reasons they could be a playoff team is because of their big contract extension last summer.
The biggest difference this season will be how many of those young players will be able to stick.
For the next several years, the only real question is how much the team can spend.
With a top-four goalie in Henrik Sedin and a strong top-six defense, Vancouver could be an elite team.
They will be the only team to have at least one playoff spot in each of their five seasons.
Columbus Blue Jackets -$15,400,000 – $15 and above $20,000/$30,000 per game in 2019 and 2020 The Blue Jackets have a lot on their plate with the team being projected at about $16.3 and $16