Salary cap: how it may affect the final cut

Jason Gregor
September 26 2009 02:45PM

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How much impact will the salary cap have on the final cuts for the Oilers? The Oilers have some financial restraints that could ultimately impact the final decisions. Let’s break down how much salary the Oilers have invested right now using each player’s cap hit from the numbers I received from the NHLPA.

Goaltending

Nikolai Khabibulin: $3.75 million Jeff Deslauriers: $625,000 Total: $4.375 million

Defence

Lubomir Visnovksy: $5.6 million Sheldon Souray: $5.4 million Tom Gilbert: $4.0 million Denis Grebeshkov: $3.15 million Steve Staios: $2.7 million Ladislav Smid: $1.2 million (not the 1.3 million that has been reported). Jason Strudwick: $700,000 Total: $21.45 million

I didn’t include Taylor Chorney, because I don’t see him sticking.

Forwards

These are the guys I think are locks to start the season here.

Shawn Horcoff: $5.5 million Dustin Penner: $4.25 million Ales Hemsky: $4.1 million Patrick O’Sullivan: $2.925 million Ethan Moreau: $2 million Sam Gagner: $1.625 million (this includes his potential bonuses). Andrew Cogliano: $1.33 million (this includes his potential bonuses). Mike Comrie: $1.25 million (This is the correct figure, not $1.125). Gilbert Brule: $800,000 Zack Stortini: $700,000 J.F Jacques: $525,000 Total: $25.005 million

These 20 players are a combined $50.83 million towards the cap, meaning they have $5.97 million to spend on three players before they reach the ceiling of $56.8 million. The Oilers could keep 22 players if they wanted to, but considering that would force them to expose another player to waivers, I find that highly unlikely.

So here are the five candidates who I think are in the running to fill out the final three spots.

Fernando Pisani: $2.5 million Robert Nilsson: $2 million Marc Pouliot: $825,000 Ryan Stone: $600,000 Steve MacIntyre: $537,000

Even if the Oilers keep Pisani, Nilsson and Pouliot – combined $5.3 million – they are still under the cap. So technically, the Oilers can keep any combination of players and they will still be under the cap. Clearly, Steve Tambellini doesn’t want to have only a miniscule $670,000 of cap space all season long, because that would handcuff him from making any sort of significant moves.

PISANI COULD PLAY

Pisani skated today and at times he was on a line with Brule and Nilsson, but he will be a game-time decision tomorrow. He wants to play, but it’s up to the medical staff, so we’ll have to wait until the morning skate tomorrow to find out if he is in.

Moreau and Pouliot did not skate and both are out for tomorrow, and you can expect to see Khabibulin play the entire game. Well, they are hoping he tops up his fluids and is able to play the full 60 minutes.

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#51 Racki
September 27 2009, 09:23AM
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David S wrote:

Dude. Check Nilsson’s goal the other night. That has “sniper” written all over it. No way you’ll see Pouliot pulling that off.

Oh yah, Nilsson's career high (with any pro team) of 12 goals has sniper written all over it!

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#52 Dizzle
September 27 2009, 10:21AM
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Hey Gregor,

any more word on the predators/oilers trade situation? Anything cooking or are the talks camera to black?

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#53 OilFanatic
September 27 2009, 10:28AM
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Gregor...you forgot Schremp. :)

OK, so I'm going to agree with you "whole-heartedly" here and say you have the 20 man selection down correct.

So if there are three roster spots up for grabs, who do you select. I think that Pisani offers the team a little gusto from time-to-time, but I just don't think his mind is in the game like it used to, as he just seems dis-interested have the time on the ice.

I think Tambi trades Pisani for a 3rd round draft pick, to say a team like Nashville. A deal like that benefits both teams, the Oil shred $2.5 M off the books, and make the situation easier for them.

Next, send Stone to Sringfield as he is quite simply the "odd-man-out".

The three final spots go to Nilsson, Pouliot, and MacIntyre.

If this is the case, Schremp is out of here obviously. However, if you could also trade Nilsson for a 2nd round pick, then you could keep Schremp as your 2 month experiment. If he excels, management took a gamble and won. If he fails, then you can wash your hands with him without looking back. Then, Tambi could use those picks he obtained and trade for a proven sniper.

Bottomline is, I agree Schremp may just be a failed experiment, but after watching the last game, he seems to have more heart and drive than Pisani and Nilsson combined, and if he made the team I think he would excel.

If he is placed on waivers, he will shine like a star in Long Island of likely places, and the media will dump all over the Oilers...as usual!

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#54 Jason Gregor
September 27 2009, 10:56AM
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Dizzle wrote:

any more word on the predators/oilers trade situation? Anything cooking or are the talks camera to black?

When I put it up I said they were kicking tires, but nothing that was close to a lock. Sounds like nothing has changed over the weekend. The Preds might wait to see if anyone comes available on the waiver wire...

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#55 Jason Gregor
September 27 2009, 10:57AM
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OilFanatic wrote:

If he is placed on waivers, he will shine like a star in Long Island of likely places, and the media will dump all over the Oilers…as usual!

I'd be surprised if he becomes a star...he might be a 40 point guy, but a star would seem highly unlikely..

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#56 shaner
September 27 2009, 11:04AM
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How can Ryan Stone not be considered a lock at this point???

I love Pisani and what he has brought to the team but if he is not close to 100% its in the Oilers best interest to depart from that inflated salary.

Man, Moreau has to be under the microscope as well.

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#57 Mike
September 27 2009, 12:45PM
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Not sure why nobody in the media ever mentions it, but you can exceed the cap by the rookie bonuses. That gives the Oilers an extra million dollars to play with if necessary.

It's not the greatest solution, but things aren't nearly as dire as "only $600,000 all year oh noes!"

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October 10 2009, 06:22AM
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