This is going to be a very interesting time for a number of the NHL teams as they try to figure out how to get back in good standing with the salary cap.
There are nine teams that will face cap penalties ranging from $50,000 to $4.1 million due to performance bonuses from the 2009-10 season.
And yes, the Vancouver Canucks are amongst these.
This causes a reduction in this seasons cap space which, in turn, will raises the question: who will be on the trading block or placed on waivers?
No wonder there is no urgency for teams to sign the glut of RFA’s. Soon, there may be better players to choose from with all the NHL teams must be under the cap by the start of the season.
Look for the available players in some cases to be carrying hefty contracts that only teams with large cap space can accommodate.
Also, unless these available players are tradeable (without a no trade clause) this is going to really throw a wrench into trying to move them.
With that in mind, let’s have a look at the teams and who might have to be moved to get under the cap.