Avalanche Offseason Salary Cap Depth Chart

The avalanche off offseason transactions has already begun, so it is about time we break down the Avs' cap / depth chart situation. For those new to MHH or veterans who need a refresher, here's what you're looking at below. The players on the left are the players currently under contract. Guys we're forecasting to start in the NHL are assigned to an approximate depth chart spot (rough draft for now) while AHL players are sorted by NHL salary. The guys on the right are either RFAs, UFAs or have already departed. And yes, I know that some of the minor leaguers are technically RFAs, but since teams rarely tender such players, I just lumped them in with UFAs. At the bottom you'll find totals that I think are fairly self-explanatory. Also, I only included 22 players although teams can carry up to 23. I can adjust that later, but for now I just included a spot for one extra forward and one extra D.

Looking at the chart, I think it's clear why I feel that this is going to be a fairly dull offseason for the Avs. Yes, the Avalanche have a lot of cap room, but they don't have very many roster spots. As of today, they have 12 players under contract and at least 7 RFAs that we can count on returning - Duchene, Mueller, Downie, O'Reilly, McGinn, Johnson and Wilson. That just leaves three or four roster spots (maybe two forwards and two defensemen) with two fairly key UFAs in Shane O'Brien and Jay McClement still unsettled. In re-signing Cody McLeod, David Jones, Milan Hejduk and Matt Hunwick, the Avalanche have brought back four players that could have departed this summer. While I can't quibble with any of these moves, it seems to indicate that the 2012-13 Avalanche roster will look a lot like the 2011-12 Avalanche roster.

Forwards
Signed Cap Hit RFA LY QO
C1 Stastny $ 6,600,000 Duchene $ 3,200,000 $ 810,000
C2 Mueller $ 2,000,000 $ 2,500,000
C3 Downie $ 1,850,000 $ 1,900,000
C4 O'Reilly $ 900,000 $ 810,000
W1 Landeskog $ 3,575,000 Olver $ 850,000 $ 577,500
W2 Jones $ 4,000,000 Porter $ 850,000 $ 892,500
W3 Hejduk $ 2,000,000 McGinn $ 680,000 $ 714,000
W4
W5 UFA LY
W6 McClement $ 1,450,000
W7 McLeod $ 1,150,000
W8 Kobasew $ 1,250,000
F
Forwards (6): $ 18,575,000
AHL Cap Hit FA LY
Hishon $ 1,200,000 Stoa $ 803,250
Connolly $ 900,000 Cohen $ 735,000
Malone $ 875,000 Bordeleau $ 525,000
Carey $ 875,000 van der Gulik $ 525,000
Walker $ 563,333 Rissmiller $ 525,000
Sgarbossa $ 540,000 Mauldin $ 525,000
Mercier $ 525,000
Brophey $ 525,000
Departed LY
Lindstrom $ 600,000 Skelleftea (SEL)
Defensemen
Signed Cap Hit RFA LY QO
D1 Hejda *L* $ 3,250,000 Johnson *R* $ 2,600,000 $ 3,000,000
D2 O'Byrne *R* $ 1,800,000 Wilson *L* $ 1,275,000 $ 1,275,000
D3
D4 Elliott *R* $ 900,000 UFA LY
D5 O'Brien *L* $ 1,100,000
D6 Hunwick *L* $ 1,600,000
D7
Defensemen (4): $ 7,550,000
AHL Cap Hit FA LY
Siemens *L* $ 1,419,167 Newton *L* $ 900,000
Barrie *R* $ 900,000 Holos *R* $ 785,000
Gaunce *L* $ 845,833 Liffiton *L* $ 525,000
Chouinard *L* $ 566,666
Departed LY
Richmond $ 525,000 Lahti (SM-ligga)
Goalies
Signed Cap Hit
G1 Varlamov $ 2,833,333
G2 Giguere $ 1,250,000
Goalies (2): $ 4,083,333
AHL Cap Hit FA LY
Pickard $ 870,000 Cann $ 875,000
Aittokallio $ 683,333 Desjardins $ 650,000
Patterson $ 627,500
Millan $ 627,500
Departed LY
Forwards (6): $ 18,575,000
Defensemen (4): $ 7,550,000
Goalies (2): $ 4,083,333
Total (12): $ 30,208,333
Estimated Cap: $ 70,300,000
Cap Room: $ 40,091,667
Per Player: $ 4,009,167
Estimated Floor: $ 54,300,000
To Floor (10): $ 24,091,667
Per Player: $ 2,409,167
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