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Remaining cap hits for Ducks players in trade

Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:07 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 3:10 pm
DucksBy: Adam Gretz

The Anaheim Ducks are struggling through a brutal season that's seen the team win just 11 of its first 39 games and, as of Saturday afternoon, get outscored by a larger margin than any other team in the league. Nothing is going right, and last week general manager Bob Murray made it known that just about every player on his roster not named Teemu Selanne or Saku Koivu is in play, which is definitely an intriguing start to the trading season.

Even though the team is lousy right now, and Selanne and Koivu are off the market, that still leaves quite a list of players that would be attractive to just about every other team in the league, including Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry among others. Ryan's name was in trade rumors earlier this season, right around the team changed coaches, bringing in former Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau to replace Randy Carlyle, and nothing came of the rumors at that time. Who knows what's going to happen now that there's an "open for business" sign hanging on the front door.

For a team to complete a trade for one of Anaheim's many marketable players it's not only going to need an offer of players and draft picks that fits what the Ducks want and need, that team also needs enough salary cap space for the remainder of the season to make such a move, and a lot of these guys aren't cheap. When an in-season trade is made the team is responsible for a prorated portion of the players salary cap hit for that season, and it's determined by the number of days remaining in the season when the trade is completed.

To help figure out how much of a players cap hit a team is responsible for, the folks at CapGeek have a calculator that figures out the remaining value on each contract.

Below is a quick table for how much salary cap space a team would need to acquire one of Anaheim's top players this season on the following dates: January 7 (the present date), January 21, February 1, February 15 and the NHL's trade deadline, which falls on February 27 this season.

Does your team have the combination of players that can fill Anaheim's needs/wants as well as the available cap space?

Remaining Salary Cap Value: Anaheim Ducks, 2011-12 Season
Player 2011-12 Cap Value Jan. 7 Jan. 21 Feb. 1 Feb. 15 Feb. 27
Ryan Getzlaf $5.32 Million $2.61 Million $2.21 Million $1.89 Million $1.49 Million $1.15 Million
Corey Perry $5.32 Million $2.61 Million $2.21 Million $1.89 Million $1.49 Million $1.15 Million
Bobby Ryan $5.10 Million $2.50 Million $2.12 Million $1.81 Million $1.43 Million $1.10 Million
Lubomir Visnovsky $5.60 Million $2.75 Million $2.33 Million $1.99 Million $1.57 Million $1.21 Million
Jonas Hiller $4.50 Million $2.21 Million $1.87 Million $1.60 Million $1.26 Million $972,000
Francois Beauchemin $3.80 Million $1.86 Million $1.58 Million $1.35 Million $1.06 Million $821,000
Toni Lydman $3.00 Million $1.45 Million $1.24 Million $1.07 Million $843,243 $648,000

Getzlaf, Perry, Visnovsky, Beauchemin and Lydman are all signed through the end of next season. Hiller is signed through the 2013-14 season and Ryan is locked up through the 2014-15 season.

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Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:12 pm

Ducks D.

The three defensemen make a lot more sense at this point to be traded especially when Lydman and Visnovsky are 34 and 35 years old. They have Fowler and Sbisa who are both really young and look to be promising players, so dealing aging d-men wouldn't be a bad idea.
But to trade Perry, last years Hart winner, and then Getzlaf and Ryan who were both quality players just seems silly when they are all under 27.
Yes the ducks are far from the playoffs, but they would be foolish to give up those guys. Its not like the team is a perennial loser, they did have 99 points last year, so they could be back in the play off hunt next season.

Since: Oct 13, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:04 pm

Remaining cap hits for Ducks players in trade

I am thinking of 2 questions...

#1- are the Ducks truly going to be sellers with all of that talent signed at a minimum until next season and beyond? 

Is there a chance that this is an off year and they can sign a player or two in the off season to revamp the team, then a blowing up of the team right now isnt a good idea.

#2- Who are the buyers? Toronto, Ottawa, Buffalo, Montreal, Minnesota??

The main point is who can handle a contract and when? Is it now, or at the deadline when the CAP hit is much lower for a team to take a flyer on.  Most of all, since all are signed for a year or more, who can withstand the cap hit for next year and beyond.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:51 pm

Remaining cap hits for Ducks players in trade

Nice breakdown by Gretz.   Too many hockey writers/bloggers only reference the annual cap hit without acknowledging that the salary cap is a cumulative year-end cap number.    

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