The New Salary Cap Thread

Salem's Lot

Andy Moog! Andy God Damn Moog!
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
Gallows Hill
My concerns are for the following season, namely, how huge of a number is it going to take to keep Pastrnak here? I’d assume he’s looking at $11 million AAV. It would be nice if guys like Beecher and Harrison could develop into top 2 line center options on ELCs by ‘23-‘24.


SoSH Member
Jul 12, 2005
I'm not overly concerned with Pasta's contract. They will have roughly $30m in space for 23/24 as it stands now and you'd have to assume a combination of Ullmark, Reilly and Forbort will be gone freeing up another $3-11m. The larger issue is lack of talent. Sign Nate, please. I'll settle for Larkin.


Comes at you like a tornado of hair and the NHL sa
SoSH Member
Dec 12, 2004
Cambridge, MA
Because I'm not getting anything done at work and this will help me think less about that fucking series...

  • Foligno (fuck off)
  • Bergeron
  • Bertuzzi
  • Nosek
  • Hathaway
  • Wagner
  • Orlov
  • Krejci

  • Swayman
  • Frederic
  • Lauko
  • Bussi
  • Keyser
  • Asselin
  • McLaughlin

Under contract roster with 6 roster spots to fill, and an incremental $1.125m in space for each buried contract
Hall - Zacha - Pastrnak ($22m)
Marchand - Coyle - DeBrusk ($15.325m)
XX - XX - XX
Merkulov - Steen - Greer ($2.4875m)

Grzelcyk - McAvoy ($13.1875m)
Lindholm - Carlo ($10.6m)
Forbort - Reilly ($6m)
Zboril ($1.1375m)

Ullmark ($5m)

Cap: $83.5m
AAV committed: $75.7375m
Overage: $4.7325m
Space: $3.03m

Tradeable assets (not advocating moving, just listing):
  • Hall ($6m AAV, 2 years) - 10 team no trade list after 7/1
  • Marchand ($6.125m AAV, 2 years) - 15 team no trade list after 7/1
  • Coyle ($5.25m AAV, 3 years) - 8 team no trade list
  • Ullmark ($5m AAV, 2 years) - 16 team no trade list after 7/1
  • Carlo ($4.1m AAV, 4 years)
  • DeBrusk ($4m AAV, 1 year)
  • Grzelcyk ($3.6875m AAV, 1 year)
  • Forbort ($3m AAV, 1 year)
  • Reilly ($3m AAV, 1 year)

Spoilered the above for space... basically need to move salary out, ice a bottom six, get some D depth, figure out goaltending with Swayman being an RFA. Couple of transactions I could see helping:
  • Take Frederic to arbitration (get second buyout window is the primary motivation here); estimating $2m for 1 year, walk away if > ~$2.5m AAV)
    • Prior art: Yakov Trenin scored 17, plays a similar game, was the only arb award last offseason at $1.7m AAV for 2 years
  • Re-sign Lauko to 1-2 year minimum 1-way deal ($775,000 AAV)
  • Move out as many of the following as possible: Carlo, Forbort, Reilly
    • With most teams' cap situations, you'd need to attach Swayman RFA or DeBrusk to a floor team to make it worth their while and make up for not adding draft picks
    • Example trade: DeBrusk, Forbort, Reilly, and a mid-round pick to Arizona for future considerations, assuming DeBrusk returns a 1st and 2nd for them at the deadline
      • Forbort and Reilly are both tough to move as they represent $3.5m and $4m respectively in real salary with no signing bonuses
  • Move Swayman's rights for an RFA young center
    • Dream scenario for me would be figuring out a trade with LA for Vilardi -- they're in a similarly tough cap position, and have Cal Petersen for 2 more years at $5m AAV
    • More likely outcome is someone like Edmonton if they can find a taker for Campbell, as they have Ryan McLeod up as an RFA and a tough cap situation
    • Using McLeod as an example, again likely a bridge deal in the $2-2.5m range, saying $2.2m AAV for roster modeling purposes
  • Re-sign Bussi / Keyser at league min 1-way OR sign vet goalie to league min ($775,000 AAV)
  • Use some of the cap space from the clearing move (DeBrusk/Forbort/Reilly wipes $10m even) to sign vets at C, RW, and RD
    • Example move: Bergeron for $2m if he's not retiring, but assuming he is I would love to figure out a way to get RoR in the mix
    • Example move: sign Hudson Fasching for $1m AAV
    • Example move: sign a scrapheap 6D à la Strålman for $1m AAV
  • Call up Kuntar to be 13F / rotating with the 4th liners
Proposed roster, sans Bergeron:

Hall - Zacha - Pastrnak ($22m)
Marchand - O'Reilly - Coyle ($16.325m)
Frederic - McLeod - Fasching ($5.2m)
Lauko - Steen - Greer ($2.3375m)
Kuntar ($0.8675m)

Grzelcyk - McAvoy ($13.1875m)
Lindholm - Carlo ($10.6m)
Zboril - 6D ($2.1375m)
7D ($0.775m)

Ullmark ($5m)
Backup ($0.775m)

Cap: $83.5m
AAV committed: $78.4275m
Overage: $4.7325m
Space: $0.349m



Comes at you like a tornado of hair and the NHL sa
SoSH Member
Dec 12, 2004
Cambridge, MA
Not good enough in Providence this year and still not physically mature enough for the NHL. Merkulov is closer IMO and his $0.925m cap hit means I think they call him up here and there after a start in the AHL.


Aug 1, 2006
With the Bruins having to make significant changes to meet cap restraints next season, any bump above the $1M projected increase will would help.

Johnston : "With the NHL and NHLPA in discussions about next year's salary cap range, my sense is the union remains open to more than the baked-in $1M bump to $83.5M but won't make concessions to push the ceiling higher. It will likely be at least a month before anything is finalized."