During the upcoming playoffs, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will make his annual announcement of the league's salary-cap structure for the 2016-17 season.
It's unlikely we'll see much of a change from this season's cap ceiling of $71.4 million, as the weakening of the Canadian dollar during the first half of the 2015-16 season has affected revenues. At the league's board of governors' meetings in December, Bettman said next season's ceiling "will be somewhere around between where it is and another $3 million, plus or minus a little," according to Dan Rosen of NHL.com.
A bigger increase, if it happens, may give some big-spending teams a little more flexibility to make offseason moves. But now the trade deadline has passed, we're starting to see which teams will have the best opportunities to sign players and make effective trades during the offseason.
The focus of this article is on cap space and the flexibility it affords, which means you'll see a lot of this year's non-playoff clubs on the list. Click through for the 10 teams with the best salary-cap positions heading into the offseason.