Navigating the Flames: Calgary Flames Salary Cap & Cap Space Explained

Calling all Flames fans! Ever wondered how Calgary manages its player payroll within the NHL’s strict salary cap constraints? Look no further, because we’re diving deep into the Flames’ cap situation, exploring their current payroll, future implications, and potential cap-friendly strategies.

Understanding the Flames’ Current Cap Landscape:

As of today (February 20, 2024), the Calgary Flames sit with a projected cap hit of $83,246,879, leaving them with an estimated cap space of $962,658 – a relatively tight margin in the competitive NHL landscape. This figure reflects their current roster, including notable contracts like Jonathan Huberdeau’s $10.5 million cap hit and Nazem Kadri’s $7 million burden.

Key Factors Impacting the Flames’ Cap Space:

Several factors influence the Flames’ cap flexibility:

  • Expiring Contracts: Several key players, like Noah Hanifin and Chris Tanev, have contracts expiring at the end of the season, potentially freeing up significant cap space in the offseason.
  • Pending Restricted Free Agents: Talented youngsters like Jakub Pelletier and Dillon Dube will require new contracts soon, impacting future cap commitments.
  • Potential Trades: NHL trade rumors swirl around potential trades for players like Weegar and Andersson, whose hefty contracts could clear significant cap space if moved.

Cap-Friendly Strategies for the Flames:

Navigating the salary cap demands strategic thinking. Here are some potential options for the Flames:

  • Re-signing key players at cap-friendly deals: Negotiating team-friendly extensions for core players like Hanifin and Tanev could provide long-term stability without crippling the cap.
  • Trading high-priced veterans: Moving players with large cap hits, like Kadri, could free up space for younger talent and future acquisitions.
  • Utilizing Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR): Placing injured players on LTIR temporarily removes their cap hit, providing short-term relief.

Looking Ahead: The Flames’ Cap Future:

The Flames’ cap situation hinges on key decisions in the coming months. Re-signing core players, managing expiring contracts, and navigating potential trades will determine their future financial flexibility and competitiveness.

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Breaking Down the Flames’ Budget: Unpacking Calgary’s Salary Cap & Payroll

Kadri, Nazem$7,000,000 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 NMCC32
Huberdeau, Jonathan$5,900,000 $10,500,000 $10,500,000 $10,500,000 $10,500,000 $10,500,000 M-NTCLW, RW29
Mangiapane, Andrew$5,800,000 $5,800,000 $5,800,000 UFARW, LW27
Backlund, Mikael "A"$5,350,000 $5,350,000 UFAM-NTCC34
Lucic, Milan$5,250,000 UFARSM-NTC, NMCLW, RW34
Coleman, Blake$4,900,000 $4,900,000 $4,900,000 $4,900,000 $4,900,000 UFANTCRW, LW31
Lindholm, Elias$4,850,000 $4,850,000 UFAC28
Toffoli, Tyler$4,250,000 $4,250,000 UFARW30
Ritchie, Nick$2,500,000 UFALW27
Dubé, Dillon$2,300,000 $2,300,000 RFAC, LW, RW24
Coronato, Matthew$925,000 $925,000 $925,000 10.2(c) ELC RW20
Pelletier, Jakob$863,333 $863,333 RFAELC LW22
Duehr, Walker$827,500 RFAELC RW25
Lewis, Trevor$800,000 UFA35+RW, C36
Ruzicka, Adam$762,500 $762,500 RFALW23
TOTAL$52,278,333 $47,500,833 $29,125,000 $22,400,000 $22,400,000 $17,500,000 28.1
Hanifin, Noah$4,950,000 $4,950,000 UFAM-NTCLD26
Andersson, Rasmus$4,550,000 $4,550,000 $4,550,000 $4,550,000 UFARD26
Tanev, Christopher$4,500,000 $4,500,000 UFAM-NTCRD33
Zadorov, Nikita$3,750,000 $3,750,000 UFALD/RD27
Weegar, MacKenzie$3,250,000 $6,250,000$6,250,000 $6,250,000 $6,250,000 $6,250,000 LD/RD29
Stecher, Troy$1,250,000 UFARD29
Gilbert, Dennis$762,500 $762,500 UFALD26
Stone, Michael$750,000 UFARD32
TOTAL$23,762,500 $24,762,500 $10,800,000 $10,800,000 $6,250,000 $6,250,000 28.5
Markström, Jacob$6,000,000 $6,000,000 $6,000,000 $6,000,000 UFANMCG33
Vladar, Daniel$750,000 $2,200,000$2,200,000 UFAG25
TOTAL$6,750,000 $8,200,000 $8,200,000 $6,000,000 29
INJURED RESERVE (1 - $2,500,000)2022-232023-242024-252025-262026-272027-28TERMSPOSAGE
Kylington, Oliver$2,500,000 $2,500,000 UFALD/RD25
TOTAL$2,500,000 $2,500,000 25
BURIED PENALTY (1 - $175,000)2022-232023-242024-252025-262026-272027-28TERMSPOSAGE
Rooney, Kevin$175,000 $175,000 UFAC29
TOTAL$175,000 $175,000 29
ROSTER & BURIED CAP HIT $85,465,833 $83,113,333 $48,125,000 $39,200,000 $28,650,000 $23,750,000
PROJECTED CAP HIT $82,280,221 $83,113,333 $48,125,000 $39,200,000 $28,650,000 $23,750,000
SALARY CAP $82,500,000 $83,500,000 $87,500,000 $92,000,000 $92,000,000 $92,000,000
PROJECTED CAP SPACE $219,779 $386,667 $39,375,000 $52,800,000 $63,350,000 $68,250,000
CURRENT CAP SPACE $13,553,038 -----


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