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Armchair GM - The Salary Cap

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A quick review of the Oilers' current salary cap situation

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In my last post I covered off what the Oilers should do with their RFAs. Part of the reason I did this was so I could establish a baseline for the ongoing Armchair GM series. Today I’m going to talk about the salary cap and the Oilers situation.

Recognition Due

Before I get into this any further I will be using the following websites as sources for cap and salary information:

The Oilers and the Cap (2015/16)

As of June 6, 2015 the Oilers salary situation looks like this:

Forwards

Player Position Age UFA Cap Hit
Jordan Eberle RW 25 2019 6,000,000
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C 22 2021 6,000,000
Taylor Hall LW 23 2020 6,000,000
Teddy Purcell RW 29 2016 4,500,000
Benoit Pouliot LW 28 2019 4,000,000
Boyd Gordon C 31 2016 3,000,000
Nail Yakupov RW 21 N/A 2,500,000
Matt Hendricks LW 33 2017 1,850,000
Anton Lander C 24 N/A 987,500
Rob Klinkhammer LW 28 2016 725,000
Total 10 35,562,500

Defense

Player Position Age UFA Cap Hit
Nikita Nikitin D 28 2016 4,500,000
Justin Schultz ** D 24 N/A 3,675,000
Mark Fayne D 28 2018 3,625,000
Andrew Ference D 36 2017 3,250,000
Oscar Klefbom D 21 N/A 894,167
Martin Marincin ** D 23 N/A 850,500
Total 6 16,794,667

Goaltending

Player Position Age UFA Cap Hit
Ben Scrivens G 28 2016 2,300,000
Total 1 2,300,000

The Oilers’ total cap hit is $54,657,167 and they have a total of 17 players signed or RFA. The maximum number of players that a team can have is 22 23 and is usually broken down with 13 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and 2 goalies.

The salary cap ceiling for 2014/15 was $69M. If nothing was to change next season the Oilers would have $14,342,833 to spend on 3 4 forwards, 1 defenseman and 1 goalie. That gives them $2,868,566/player $2,390,472/player which isn’t bad considering that two three of those players will hopefully be sub $1M players. Of course if the salary cap increases for next season it just helps the team even more so.

Non-Cap Players

This is a list of players that don’t count towards the cap but could if the Oilers decide to call them up from the AHL or keep them straight out of training camp.

Player Position Age Base Perf Bonus Signing Bonus Total
Leon Draisaitl C 19 925,000 2,475,000 92,500 3,492,500
David Musil D 22 894,167 0 92,500 986,667
Jujhar Khaira LW 20 875,000 0 92,500 967,500
Darnell Nurse D 20 863,333 850,000 92,500 1,805,833
Laurent Brossoit G 22 659,167 232,500 92,500 984,167
Iiro Pakarinen RW 23 925,000 82,500 92,500 1,100,000
Luke Gazdic LW 25 800,000 0 0 800,000
Ryan Hamilton LW 30 600,000 0 0 600,000
Tyler Pitlick ** RW 23 945,000 0 0 945,000
Matt Fraser ** RW 25 687,500 0 0 687,500
Curtis Hamilton ** RW 23 761,250 0 0 761,250
Brandon Davidson ** RW 23 704,000 0 0 704,000
Brad Hunt ** RW 26 605,000 0 0 605,000
Andrew Miller ** RW 26 708,750 0 0 708,750

** Even though this player isn’t officially signed their cap hit/salary is based on the mandatory qualifying offer

As you can see I have a feeling that the Oilers may try to rid themselves of the likes of Ryan Hamilton and Luke Gazdic. This may just be a fantasy but its the way I’d have it play out, especially since neither player counts towards the cap in the AHL.

Going Forward

Over the next few weeks I’ll be referencing this article a lot. I or someone at Copper and Blue will also be updating it as players are signed or traded. It will also be updated once the NHL announces next season’s salary cap. Let us know if anything was missed and we’ll try to remedy it as soon as possible.