Here’s an updated look at the Stars roster and salary cap status with the addition of Alexander Radulov and his $6.25 million cap. The Stars now have 11 likely forwards under contract (I excluded Brian Flynn this time around) and two restricted free agent forwards – Radek Faksa and Brett Ritchie – still to be signed. There are eight defensemen under contract (and I am including Julius Honka in the mix) and one RFA on the backend – Jamie Oleksiak – still without a contract. And the Stars have their two goalies locked up.
Right now, with 24 likely NHL players (one over the 23-man roster limit) the Stars are about $4.55 million under the cap by my calculations with 21 likely roster players under contract (11 F, 8 D, 2 G) and those three RFAs still left to sign.
Of course, the Stars still have to sort out that surplus of defensemen. They have nine likely defensemen right now and they can’t carry them all. Once they deal with that they will get the roster down to at least 23 and should be fine as far as the cap even after signing RFAs.
This is just based on projecting who will be on the roster in October. There is a long way to go between now and then.
Again, the table below isn’t a projected lineup with line combinations and defense pairs. Just a table showing likely roster players by positions and their cap hits.
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|Left Defense||Right Defense|
|Forwards total: $39,695,000|
|Defensemen total: $18,433,333|
|Goaltenders total: $10,816,667|
|Roster cap total: $68,945,000|
|Cap hit total: $70,445,000|
|Cap space: $4,555,000|