Luke Fox of Sportsnet: Looking at 10 teams that are in salary cap hell and a few ideas on how they could get out from it.
Anaheim Ducks – $0 salary cap space with 22 players under contract. Ryan Kesler will go on the LTIR once the season starts. They still need to find a backup goalie.
Arizona Coyotes – $0 salary cap space with 22 players under contract. Marian Hossa will get LTIR’d. In the last year of their deals and potential trade deadline trade candidates: Alex Goligoski, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jason Demers and Derek Stepan.
Tampa Bay Lightning – $2.9 milliion in salary cap space with 18 players under contract and needing to re-sign Mikhail Sergachev, Anthony Cirelli and Erik Cernak. Players in the rumor mill this offseason: Tyler Johnson, Steven Stamkos, Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat and Yanni Gourde.
Toronto Maple Leafs – $0 projected cap space with 23 players under contract. Joey Anderson is their lone remaining RFA. GM Kyle Dubas has already said they could go with as low as 20 roster players at times.
Vancouver Canucks – $0 cap space with 23 players under contract. It’s a surprise that they haven’t bought out Sven Baertschi‘s $3.37 million.