The C&B writers were chatting via email the other day and an interesting topic came up: the teams who are currently cap-locked and need to make a move to have flexibility. To wit:
DZ:Flyers: Braydon CoburnRangers: $3.3 million in space ($4.8 million if they send Krieder and John Moore to the AHL) to sign Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello.Kings: Jordan Nolan, Trevor Lewis, Kyle Clifford all RFA with $2.2 million in space.Hurricanes: Missing 2/3 of it's 3rd line and a 4th line fwd with only $5.4 million in space.Coyotes: missing a 1st LW and 3rd LW but will get Mikkel Boedker to sign RFA, leaving them ~$5.5 for 1LW and 2 press box fwds.Leafs: $9 million to sign Kadri, Komarov, and Franson with Gunnarson and Fraser in arbitration.
JP:Not to mention teams with their own internal budgets. I can't help thinking the Predators is going to have to shed money based on their history of spending in the low 50s. Probably other teams as well.
DZ:Consider those, does that make Braydon Coburn, Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman, Trevor Lewis, Joni Pitkanen, David Moss, and Nikolai Kulemin all available for non-roster things?