NHL Free Agency: Where does your team stand within the Salary Cap?

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The NHL offseason is nearly here. Where does each team currently stand as NHL free agency draws near?

As the NHL offseason kicks off into high gear starting on Oct. 9, which is the start of NHL free agency, teams will start shaping their rosters. This will be a uniquely short offseason, so expect moves to happen quickly. As teams look to improve their rosters, it is important to see where your team stands in relationship to the salary cap and why some transactions will have to be made.

Expiring contracts will be valuable trade chips. Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA) can sign with any team after October 9th. Teams can match offers to their Restricted Free Agents (RFA) but many will need to clear space to sign them or match an offer. Any player with a No Trade Clause (NTC) or No Movement Clause (NMC) will be harder to trade because teams will need permission from the player to approve the trade, hindering leverage.

Unfortunately, with the lost revenue in the 2019-2020 season due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the salary cap will stay at $81.5 million. It will be a challenge for most teams to shape their roster moving forward.

Here is a quick team by team breakdown in alphabetical order of where NHL teams stand in relationship to the salary cap heading into the 2020-2021 season. All contract data is courtesy of CapFriendly.

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Cap space: $470,001

Forwards

Ryan Getzlaf – $8.25 million cap hit, NMC, UFA 2021

David Backes – $4.50 million cap hit, NTC, UFA 2021

Danton Heinen – $2.80 million cap hit, RFA 2021

Max Jones – $863,000 cap hit, RFA 2021

Sam Steel – $863,000 cap hit, RFA 2021

Rickard Rakell – $3.79 million cap hit, UFA 2022

Sonny Milano – $1.70 million cap hit, RFA 2022

Adam Henrique – $5.83 million cap hit, NTC, UFA 2024

Jakob Silfverberg – $5.25 million cap hit, NTC, UFA 2024

Troy Terry – $1.45 million cap hit, RFA 2023

Carter Rowney – $1.13 million cap hit, UFA 2021

Nicolas Deslauriers – $1 million cap hit, UFA 2022

Defensemen

Erik Gudbranson- $4 million cap hit, UFA 2021

Hampus Lindholm – $5.21 million cap hit, UFA 2022

Josh Manson – $4.10 million cap hit, NTC, UFA 2022

Cam Fowler – $6.50 million cap hit, NTC,

Jacob Larsson – $1.2 million cap hit, RFA 2022

Kodie Curran – $1 million cap hit, UFA 2022

Christian Djoos – $1 million cap hit, RFA 2021

Goaltenders

John Gibson – $6.40 million cap hit, UFA 2027

LTIR

Ryan Kesler – $6.875 million cap hit, NMC, UFA 2022

Buyouts

Corey Perry – $6.63 million against the cap for 2020-21 season, $2 million against cap per year in 2021-22 and 2022-23

2020-2021 Draft Outlook

Ducks have 2 selections in the first round at #6 and #27 overall. Anaheim has one pick in each of the second through sixth rounds.

Anaheim Ducks summary

The Ducks are in good shape cap wise in the future. Not too many bad, long term contracts. Anaheim will need to clear space if they want to make improvements for the 2020-21 season as they are already close to the $81.5 million salary cap threshold.

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