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NHL Sets Salary Cap For 2024-25 Season; Where The Avalanche Stand

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The NHL has officially set the salary cap for the 2024-25 season, and good news – it’s actually going to be higher than they originally anticipated. Okay, not by much, but every little bit helps when you’re a team that expects to be right up against the salary cap. And the Colorado Avalanche are going to be one of those teams for the next handful of years.

Previous scuttlebutt was that the salary cap would rise to around $87.7 million, but the NHL made it official on Saturday that it will actually go all the way up to $88 million. That’s a 5.39% increase from the 2023-24 season, making a lot of teams very happy after several years of little to no growth. Here are the official numbers for next season.

While it isn’t much, this is definitely good news for the Avalanche. Their summer is currently clouded by the Gabriel Landeskog and Valeri Nichushkin situations, but they could go about those situations multiple ways. Do they handle it like Vegas probably would and just sign players this summer and figure it out when one or both of those players are ready? Do they play it safe because they don’t want to get caught in a difficult situation where they have to dump players in a short period of time?

We won’t know their strategy for a few weeks and might never figure it out, but here is where the Avalanche currently stand, according to CapFriendly.

Signed NHL Forwards (8): Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog, Artturi Lehkonen, Ross Colton, Miles Wood, Logan O’Connor, and Nikolai Kovalenko.

Signed NHL Defensemen (4): Cale Makar, Devon Toews, Josh Manson, and Sam Girard.

Signed NHL Goaltenders (2): Alexandar Georgiev, Justus Annunen.

Obviously, a few things stand out right away. One, they’re counting on Landeskog being there. That’s far from a guarantee right now. They don’t list Valeri Nichushkin, who is suspended and won’t count against the salary cap until he’s reinstated. They’re also putting Kovalenko in there, which is probably a safe assumption.

Those 14 players put the Avalanche at $71,783,750 heading into the summer, giving them $16,216,250 in cap space. A large chunk of that cap space will go to Casey Mittelstadt, and I’m sure the Avalanche had an idea of what that extension would cost when they acquired him at the NHL Trade Deadline. My expectation is his new contract will run between $5-6 million per season, depending on how much term he gets. If it gets to $6 million, that gives the Avalanche a little over $10 million to fill out the rest of their roster, which would consist of at least five more players.

Jonathan Drouin is the most important player from last year’s roster hitting the open market, but his agent’s comments this past week have to give everyone hope that a deal can be made. That being said, what is said in public isn’t always what’s said in private. Both sides want to get a deal done, but money will be tight for the Avalanche this summer. Could the Avalanche move one of their second pairing defenseman to make some room? They don’t exactly have much depth to help with a move like that, but a second pairing making over $9 million probably isn’t ideal.

Yakov Trenin, Brandon Duhaime, Andrew Cogliano, Jack Johnson, Joel Kiviranta, Caleb Jones and Sean Walker are also set to hit the open market.

Colorado has been quiet since their season ended last month, but that’s not abnormal. That’s been the case for most teams. Things will pick up very soon, and CHN will have you covered every step of the way.

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Ryan white

Duhaime drouin mittelstadt trenin jones Kiviranta should be resigned.

Trade Girard.

Sign kulikov
Sign Gustafsson

Drouin mack Lekhonen
Landy mittelstadt moose
Wood colton LOC
Duhaime trenin kovalenko
Kiviranta

Toews makar
Gustafsson malinski
Kulikov manson

Mark Messier

Trade MacKinnon and his ludicrous contract. 1/7 of the Avs payroll goes to one player of 23. MacKinnon is the anti-Barkov, a sulker who refuses to play defense (Matt Duchene can attest), who is a lowly 42 percent on face-offs, never kills penalties, gets premium power play time, and has a horrid plus minus. Add in Rantanen and you can fill out the roster splendidly. Sign some studs on defense. Love watching defense what hits and plays lockdown hockey. Do not give a FF what style Bednar and the passengers want to play. Something needs to change two seasons failed off winning the… Read more »

Mark Messier

Nope, be more balanced. Every announcer comments on top heavy. And not much beyond. Trade the perennial Sulke winner!

The Avs would clearly make the playoffs and have more than a one-line team with a bunch of no shows when it matters most.

MacKinnon’s albatross killed the team he owns it! Avs made the playoffs and missed advancing due to so-called top players vanishing. Mac and MIA sucked vs Dallas!

Last edited 12 days ago by Mark Messier
Brendan Kohler

So after they sign Mitts, is that $10m remaining including Nichushkin? If they can’t move the contract that would leave them with ~$4m left to sign 5+ players, correct?

Mark Messier

It seemed clear the ‘room’ will not accept him back despite the talent, maybe Vegas will roll the dice in a trade.

Mark Messier

$12.6M killed the team, unless he becomes a perennial Conn Smythe winner versus the Houdini winner!

Conn Smythe winners usually score more than two goals in six games and -6 in a second round match. MacKinnon has NEVER come close to a Conn Smythe, more a con job!

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Bob Neal

Good to see these getting paid better to play a very demanding sport both physically and mentally. It will also be my favorite spectator sport.

Ray McKigney

Was looking back at the 1996 cup team, the entire team payroll was $16 Million! How times have changed.

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