Now that a tentative CBA is in place, which should be officially be signed off on in the next couple days, teams will be looking to fill out their training camp rosters.
Some teams will look to bring in recent draft picks who are playing in the CHL or overseas. Others deciding on whether there is a veteran AHLer who deserves a shot. There are still unrestricted free agents that could be brought in to challenge for a roster.
There are several NHL teams that may now have to enter some tough negotiations. There are a handful of restricted free agents who didn’t sign before the lockout started that will be looking for a nice new contract.
With a season possibly starting on January 15th or 19th, and with a lot of work for GMs to do before then, they will have their work cut out getting some of these deals done.
Below is a list of players who will quickly have to work out a new contract.
|Dmitry Kulikov||Florida Panthers||D||22||$1,325,000|
|Nick Petrecki||San Jose Sharks||D||23||$1,125,000|
|Michael Del Zotto||New York Rangers||D||22||$1,087,500|
|Ryan O’Reilly||Colorado Avalanche||C||21||$900,000|
|P.K. Subban||Montreal Canadiens||D||23||$875,000|
|Jamie Benn||Dallas Stars||C||23||$821,667|
|Nick Palmieri||Minnesota Wild||RW||23||$801,667|
|Cody Franson||Toronto Maple Leafs||D||25||$800,000|
|Brett MacLean||Phoenix Coyotes||LW||23||$735,000|
|James Sheppard||San Jose Sharks||C||24||$725,000|
The 2012-13 salary cap is set at $70.2 million. Most teams won’t have an issue with that, but the 2013-14 salary cap may become more of an issue for some. The new CBA calls for a $64.3 million cap ceiling for 2013-14. The Canadiens are already at $60.2 million for next year, with only 16 players signed. Here’s a quick look at what teams have committed for next season.
There is the possibility that these teams/players had the frameworks to new deals laid out before the lockout began, and could quickly get them re-signed. Others may not be so lucky.