Canucks: Real dollar salary spending puts team 21st in NHL
An analysis of team budgets conducted by CapFriendly.com for Postmedia News reveals that the Vancouver Canucks are in the bottom third of the NHL in terms of actual spending on player salaries for the 2020-2021 season.
Using salary data from their database, which correlates closely with actual numbers spent by NHL teams, CapFriendly has calculated the gross salary expenses to date for each team in the league this season (based on other terms, what a player’s contract says to do, before taxes, league escrow and deferrals are removed). Performance bonuses, often obscured by mystery, were not part of the calculation.
Each player entered by teams from the NHL Player List, Taxi Team or AHL has been included in the totals. CapFriendly has been tracking salary information for NHL teams since 2016 and is widely regarded as the industry leader in this regard. Their numbers are not always perfect, but the teams recognize that the gaps are “quite close”.
As such, with roughly 60 percent of the season over, the Canucks rank 21st in the NHL, having spent just under US $ 50.5 million so far this season. At the end of the season, if they don’t make a roster change, they’re going to pay $ 83.4 million, or so. The Canucks’ projected total salary cap, which is the total average annual contract value of their players, is US $ 86,054,349.
“It took every player under contract for every team. So in the case of Vancouver, that will also include that they have paid Arturs Silovs – US $ 127,241 – so far in the AHL this season, ”they explained in an email.
In 2019-2020, data from CapFriendly shows the Canucks spent US $ 93,320,590 in real dollars on player salaries, ranking fifth in the NHL.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are by far the biggest spending team with just over US $ 81 million. Second-place Tampa Bay has come back well, having spent $ 67.6 million so far, just ahead of San Jose, which has spent just over $ 67 million, according to CapFriendly’s calculations.
The bottom three teams in terms of actual spend are Detroit (US $ 41 million), Ottawa (US $ 38.7 million) and Los Angeles (US $ 34.5 million).
Calendar of upcoming changes
The Montreal Canadiens have two players on the COVID-19 roster, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia. On Thursday, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said one player was a confirmed case of COVID-19 – and suffered from one of the variants – while the other was part of protocol as a close contact. It is not known which player is infected.
The Canadians were scheduled to play three games this week against the Edmonton Oilers, but those games were postponed earlier this week out of caution. A fourth game, scheduled for Sunday against Ottawa, has also been postponed. The postponements mean the Scotia North Division’s schedule is in disarray, and Bergevin has said the NHL will postpone a number of games in the division.
When the Dallas Stars postponed four games in February after the winter storm that ravaged the Texas power grid, a total of 30 games in the division had to be reshuffled.
It is not yet clear which Canucks games will be rescheduled.
CBC News reported Thursday that following calls from Canada’s seven NHL teams, a change is being made to the federal government’s 14-day quarantine mandate for travelers arriving in Canada from overseas.
Players moving from the United States to Canada via an exchange, waiver request or otherwise will only have to quarantine themselves for seven days, according to the report. The Leafs led the field to the Feds, with the other six teams supporting Toronto’s efforts.
TSN later reported that a league source confirmed the impending change in government policy and linked it to a pledge by NHL clubs to increase testing, presumably daily.
Currently, travelers arriving in Canada from overseas are required to present proof of a negative test that has been returned within three days prior to arrival in Canada, to take a new test at the arrival and then take another test at the end of the 14-day quarantine period.
With the NHL trade deadline just over two weeks away, a reduction in the quarantine is expected to result in more trades than could have happened otherwise.
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