Checking the Cap

Coming into the season, the Dallas Stars had question about the ownership of the team. Unfortunately, six months later, those questions still remain unanswered as their offseason rolls around and roster changes come to the forefront of the mind.

The Stars were ranked number 23 out of 30 in the league in terms of payroll at the end of the season. Despite their low payroll, they were one point away from making the playoffs.

Heading into the next season, the Stars will have eight free agents to think about and somewhere a little over $20 million to play around with. It is still unknown whether or not the Stars will spend money near the cap limit, although it’s quite doubtful. The salary cap had a limit of $59.4 million this year and that number is expected to expand by $3 million more for next year.

The most scrutinized free agent will be Brad Richards, who has already come out and said that he will not return to the team if they do not get an owner. With things looking as they are for the Stars, it’s going to be a tough time trying to re-sign Richards.

Here’s a look at the salary cap for the Stars next year. It lists: The player, years left on their contract, next year’s salary, cap hit and their salary change from this year to next year.

 

Forwards (15)                     Years
Remaining
Salary            Cap Hit           Salary Change      
Mike Ribeiro 2 years $5,000,000 $5,000,000 No change
Loui Eriksson 5 years $4,200,000 $4,266,667 + $1,000,000
Brenden Morrow 2 years $4,100,000 $4,100,000 No change
Steve Ott 3 years $3,300,000       $2,950,000       + $1,200,000  
Adam Burrish 1 year $1,300,000 $1,150,000 + $300,000
Krys Barch 1 year $850,000 $837,500 + $25,000
Tom Wandell 1 year $850,000 $775,000 + $150,000
Toby Peterson 1 year $800,000 $775,000 + $50,000
Jamie Benn 1 year $670,000 $821,667 + $35,000
Tomas Vincour 2 years $630,000 $800,000 + $50,000
Brad Richards None UFA - -
Jamie Langenbrunner None UFA - -
Brian Sutherby None UFA - -
Brandon Segal None UFA - -
Jason Williams None UFA - -
Defensemen (8) Years
Remaining
Salary Cap Hit Salary Change
Stephane Robidas 3 years $3,550,000 $3,300,000 + $300,000
Trevor Daly 6 years $3,500,000 $3,300,000 + $1,000,000
Alex Goligoski 1 year $2,750,000 $1,833,333 + $1,250,000
Nicklas Grossman 1 year $1,750,000 $1,625,000 + $250,000
Mark Fistric 1 year $1,250,000 $1,000,000 + $250,000
Karlis Skrastins None UFA - -
Brad Lukowich None UFA - -
Jeff Woywitka None UFA - -
Goaltenders (2) Years
Remaining  
Salary Cap Hit Salary Change
Kari Lehtonen 2 years $3,700,000 $3,550,000 + $1,000,000
Andrew Raycroft 1 year $600,000 $650,000 - $100,000
Re-entry Waiver Losses - Salary Cap Hit -
Sean Avery - - $1,937,500 -
Totals Salary Cap Hit
17 Players on Roster - $38,800,000 $38,671,667 -
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