The Winnipeg Jets will have Salary Cap issues next summer
Winnipeg Free Press: The Winnipeg Jets managed to get all players signed this summer and under the salary cap, that could all change next season. And the reality is there’s a good chance a beloved player or two may have to be traded simply to try to keep as much of the core of this group together.
Under the current salary cap, that would give GM Kevin Cheveldayoff in the range of US$23 million for 10 more players needed to fill out a 23-man roster.
Three skaters alone could end up eating a massive chunk of that change.
Patrik Laine will need a new deal and could command upwards of US$10 million per season. Kyle Connor’s entry-level contract will have expired, and another big season like his 31-goal rookie campaign could put the pending restricted free agent in the US$6-million range, or possibly higher.
Defenceman Jacob Trouba, awarded US$5.5 million this summer in arbitration, will once again be an RFA. He could also be due a pay raise with a big year, assuming he isn’t moved if a long-term deal once again can’t be struck, the likely scenario is Trouba will be traded in the off-season and the Jets will not be able to afford his contract.
It is too bad, the Jets are a great team with great players but the salary cap system will force the team to lose a few great players next season. The cap system also ruined a great Chicago Blackhawks team.
Can the San Jose Sharks sign Erik Karlsson to a long-term contract?
TSN: The San Jose Sharks would not have traded for Erik Karlsson if the team didn’t believe they could sign the all-star defenceman to a long-term contract, general manager Doug Wilson said in a weekend interview.
Wilson said he would have no problem offering Karlsson the max term on his new deal and believes the 28-year-old still has room to grow.
As for salary, Drew Doughty appeared to set the bar for elite defencemen earlier this summer when he signed an eight-year, $88 million deal. Wilson suggested Karlsson could take less money in order stick around with the Sharks.
The big concern for the Sharks is, can they afford to pay Karlsson $11 million/year with some key UFA and restricted free agents to sign?