Coyotes vs Kings

Currently below cap floor, a handful of teams will be forced to open their wallets


The NHL and NHLPA announced today that the salary cap floor for the 2012-13 season has been set at $54.2 million.

That figure could fall if the players’ share of revenues is reduced under the terms of the new CBA, all else staying equal. (It could also go up, according to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.)

Regardless of where it ends up exactly, there are teams that will need to spend/take on money this summer to get above the floor.

Take Phoenix – according to CapGeek, the Coyotes have just $38.9 million in committed cap payroll for next season, and that’s with 18 players (the max is 23) under contract.

Nor does Phoenix have any restricted free agents that are in line for big raises, and it’s possible UFAs Shane Doan and Ray Whitney won’t be back.

The Coyotes did add Zbynek Michalek’s $4 million cap hit in a trade with the Penguins, but they’ll have to add more to get above the floor.

Other clubs flirting with the lower limit:

Anaheim ($39.3 million, 14 under contract) – And that’s with Bobby “Move me” Ryan’s $5 million hit.

Colorado ($38.0 million, 15) – The Avs have a pile of RFAs left to sign, including Erik Johnson, Ryan O’Reilly and Steve Downie.

Nashville ($34.9 million, 14) – Assuming he’s not traded and signs another one-year deal, Shea Weber should get the Predators to around $43 million. Sergei Kostitsyn and Colin Wilson are RFAs that need raises.

Florida ($40.0 million, 15) – RFAs Kris Versteeg and Dmitry Kulikov need new deals, and Roberto Luongo could be on his way, too.

Dallas ($39.6 million, 16) – Jamie Benn is RFA and should get a big raise.

St. Louis ($42.1 million, 18) – The Blues have two key RFAs that need new deals in TJ Oshie and David Perron.

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in a vehicle that ran into a tree.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.