Updates delayed…

I am going to be busy with other stuff the next few days so updates of the salary cap commitments will be a bit slow or non-existant. Things should be back to normal Monday when I hope to get everything back up to date. Thanks for your patience.

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Best and Worst off season moves…

Just wondering what everyone thinks are the best and worst off season moves made so far this summer. Here are some of mine. Best Moves (in no particular order): -Minnesota trading for Pavel Demitra. Minnesota needed offense and Demitra will provide that and can also make the players around him better. -Nashville signing Jason Arnott. $22.5 million over 5 years is a lot of money but Arnott is the kind of 2-way player that will fit into the Predators lineup nicely and he’ll provide some nice leadership for Nashvilles younger players. -Atlanta signs Steve Rucchin. Rucchin is no Marc Savard

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Garth Snow??

I thought for a bit that maybe, just maybe, the Islanders had finally decided to act like a professional franchise and get rid of Mike “I’ve never made a good trade” Milbury (sort of) and replace him with a qualified general manage as well as hire a qualified coach. But today we find out that that was just a joke and the franchise is yet again a poorly run franchise destined to live in the world of mediocrity (I’m being generous). For whatever reason the qualified GM, Neil Smith, has left the franchise whether it was his decision, the teams

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Leafs Off-Season Report

With the signing of Peca as well as youngsters Wellwood, Bell, Colaiacovo, and Jay Harrison over the past couple of days it seems most of the Leafs off season moves are now complete. There may be some tweaking here and there but for the most part I think what you see is what you get. So, where does that put the Leafs? In the playoffs I think. Last season the Leafs had two significant problems. They gave up too many goals (10th worst in the NHL) and though they finished 9th overall in goals scored, they struggled to score goals

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Salary Cap Commitment Tables complete

Ok, I have finally ocmpleted the salary cap commitment tables for all 30 NHL teams. You can view these by clicking on the links in the menu to the left. I plan on keeping these as up to date as possible as the off season goes on and as trades and fre agent signings occur. I make no guarantees that the numbers are 100% accurate but they are accurate to the best of my knowledge. If you notice and mistakes please either comment to this post or send me an e-mail at david@hockeyanalysis.com. If you have any other questions or

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Fun with Salary Cap Numbers

In the new Salary Cap era general managers are going to have to do some interesting accounting to get the maximum benefit of salary cap dollars as they can. The GMs who do the best managing of the salary cap should have the biggest advantage. I say should because money didn’t help the Rangers in the pre-cap era. So far we have seen a couple tricks used. 1. Sign young players to long term deals with escalating salaries. An example of this is the contract that Rick Nash signed in Columbus last year in which General Manager Doug Maclean got

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Steve Simmons Stupidity…

Today Steve Simmons has a column outlining the Leafs salary situation. What is interesting is the number mistakes listed in it. Mistakes that are completely avoidable and show completely how little homework Steve Simmons does. Man, that guy has a cushy job. He can be a complete moron while writing and talking about sports and get paid for it. He has John Pohl listed as **John Pohl 450,000 with ** meaning “Unsigned forwards who have limited ability to increase salary” Well a quick visit to the Maple Leafs website would indicated that Pohl is not unsigned but rather that he

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Pronger to Ducks

This Chris Pronger to Anaheim trade today is an interesting one. My initial reaction is that the Oilers got burnt on this trade but after thinking about it, I am not so sure that Anaheim did all that great either. When trading a star player if you don’t get a star player back I tend to think you lost the trade. I am not sure Edmonton got the star player back. Between Lupul, Smid, and the draft picks they potentially picked up some pretty good players, but the same could be said for Boston in the Thornton trade and most

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