Per CapGeek, six teams, Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, San Jose and Los Angeles are currently over the cap. These teams have to move salary before the start of the season. This reality doesn’t necessarily mean a trade but a salary dump trade is one way to get cap compliant.
Five more teams are uncomfortably close to the cap limit such that moving players in and out of the lineup will pose problems. Washington, St. Louis and Toronto have less than $1m of cap space; Carolina $1,046m and New Jersey $1,379m.
Ducks GM Bob Murray has opined that ideally a team should have $1.5m in available cap space to accommodate player movement between the NHL and AHL. Murray’s comment was made when the cap was much higher than it is today. His opinion may not have changed because the league calculates and enforces the cap on per game basis.
Washington Capitals GM George McPhee says trade talk has picked up this week.
“I had a couple calls [Tuesday] already and we’re just starting to pick up to see what teams are looking to do,” McPhee said. “We’ll see what happens over the next few days.”
McPhee also noted teams have a lot of options, other than trade, to get cap compliant or cap comfortable to accommodate player movement. For example Philadelphia can designate Chris Pronger LTIR and become cap compliant immediately. Boston could do the same with Marc Savard.
With increasing trade chatter among the GM’s the potential for trades also increases.
Our Ducks are a tad crowded at forward and a tad thin on the blue line. We’re one player over the roster limit of 23 and have a CapGeek estimate of $2.9m in available cap space. Structurally, Ducks are well positioned to make a move though I expect Murph will be patient through the 20 games into the season.
Leafs and Flyers are reportedly looking to move Dmen. We could do the Kings a good turn by taking Jake Muzzin off their payroll.
Ducks do run a tight ship leak wise but with so many cap stressed teams one has to assume Bob Murray is taking and making calls.