Some of the early projections were not too far off, as the final salary cap ceiling number has been announced, as the NHL and NHLPA have agreed on a $71.4 million ceiling and a $50.2 million floor for the coming 2016 season.
The ceiling numbers, are of course, the biggest point of interest, as teams try to snuggle up as close as possible to the ceiling to be most effective. Teams like Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston are now under the microscope, as they are listed as the three teams closest to the ceiling with risk of going over next season, unless there are moves made.
After the first few years with a salary cap floor, teams that have been close to the bottom have always made moves to get to where they need to be, so it has become so much less of a talking point in recent years. The Nashville Predators, however, have a lot of work to do, just to make the salary cap floor, but most of that work has a lot to do with the number of roster spots they have open, which is about 13, by my count.
If you're looking for a great resource for salary cap information, now that CapGeek is no more, check out War On Ice and their cap resource. I'm not really into the analytics nonsense, but they have the most comprehensive salary cap website that I've seen of the new bunch of contenders. This will be where I source most of my numbers from.
Now, let the off-season truly begin!