Team Salary Cap Commitments

Just wanted to let everyone know that I am working on creating tables of every teams salary cap commitments. I currently have the northeast division completed and hope to be adding more teams in the not to distant future. You can view these tables by clicking on the team links in the left side menu. I hope to be able to keep these updated over the summer as trades happen and free agents get signed but this will be done on an as time permits basis. Update: Northeast and Northwest teams have been updated to include free agent signings through

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Draft Schmaft: From draft pick to NHLer

(Since it is draft day I thought I’d bump this article I wrote a couple weeks ago back up to the top of the stack.) With the Carolina Hurricanes on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup (I think they will do it in game 5), it is time to start looking towards the off season and all the interesting stuff that it brings. One of the first things to happen after the Stanley Cup is awarded is the NHL draft set to be held in Vancouver on June 24th. You can find lots of information about the potential draft

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Luongo for Bertuzzi

So I got home late last night and checked the sports news to be shocked that Luongo had been traded. The deal is: Luongo and Lukas Krajicek to Vancouver for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auld My initial reaction was this trade is a steal for the Canucks. After sleeping on it overnight I think more or less think the same. What Vancouver gets in this deal is two fold. First, they get the high-calibre goalie they have never had. Second, they save some money they despertely needed to in order to try to re-sign the Sedins as well

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Toronto Maple Leafs Off Season Preview

The Leafs are in quite a different position than the Ottawa Senators. While the Senators are asking themselves, how can we keep the players we have, the Leafs are asking themselves, do we want to keep the players we have. Aki Berg has gone back home to Finland to play next season but John Ferguson Jr. has to assess whether he wants Belfour, Domi, Allison, Lindros and others back. And depending on what he decides he might have a fair bit of money to spend on a few free agent signings. Here are Toronto’s salary cap commitments for the next

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Ottawa Senators Off Season preview

As we head into the off season and the very important free agent signing period it is time we take a look at how some teams are positioned in terms of salary commitments and fee cap space and what they might do in the off season. Today I’ll look at the Ottawa Senators and tomorrow I’ll take a look at the Toronto Maple Leafs. To the best of my knowledge here are the players the Senators currently have under contract (excluding players on 2-way contracts that are not expected to make the team). Pos Name 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 RW Daniel

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Do you need a team of Canadians to win the Stanley Cup?

I was listening to the Team 1200 radio station here in Ottawa this morning and they were discussing the often claimed idea that it takes Canadians to win the Stanley Cup and that maybe some of Ottawa’s problems are not having enough Canadian’s on its team. That got me to wondering if that is really true. So, the number cruncher in me set out to find hard evidence one way or the other. In doing so I took a look at the past 5 Stanley Cup champions which were all different teams. What I did was to add up all

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Looking for Director of Hockey Operations job

I was wondering if there were any NHL hockey teams looking for a director of hockey operations. If so, I feel I am the right man for the job. Considering the Minnesota Wild just hired a 24 year old baseball writer for that position I feel I am more than qualified. So if you happen to be in need of a director of hockey operations, I’m your man.

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Domi and buyouts…

Steve Simmons recently had an article on whether the Leafs should buy out Domi and his $1.25 million contract for next season and several other bloggers have also discussed the buyout issue. But there seems to be some confusion as to what the buyout procedure is and its implications on a teams salary cap. I believe some of the details that Simmons discussed in his article are incorrect. I have exchanged a few e-mails with Simmons on the issue but he sticks by his article even claiming his source on the matter is the vp of the league but I

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Hockey Website Directory/Rating System

Just want to let everyone know that I have started a hockey website directory and website rating system which can be found at http://hockeysites.hockeyanalysis.com/. I hope to make this a fairly thorough listing of hockey related websites and it will be much easier to maintain than the current blog list that I somewhat keep up to date here. Feel free to drop by and add your website to the list.

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Research funding….

Ok, I am going to take a stab in the dark and hope someone out there can help. I am interested in doing a number of hockey research related projects including: -A sophisticated player ranking system which takes into account the players basic statistics as well as ice time (ES, PK, PP), the quality of opponents they have played against (due to the heavily unbalanced schedule), etc. -A study of which NHL teams are successful. i.e. teams with the best goalies, best defensemen or best forwards, Teams with superstars but not so deep or teams with lots of depth but

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