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Are Penguins top heavy? - 06-18-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Unlike most teams, the Penguins have the luxury of having two former Hart Trophy winners on their roster in the form of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

But just like every other team, the Penguins have to stay under the NHL's salary cap which is expected to drop to $64.3 million for next season.

The Penguins will enter the 2013-14 campaign with each player accounting for $8.7 million against the salary cap. At a combined 17.4 million, no two teammates currently signed to any NHL roster heading into next season will have higher combined salary cap hit.

Does that leave the Penguins enough salary cap space to address the rest of the roster with unrestricted free agents such as Pascal Dupuis or Matt Cooke? Or what about the long-term future of defenseman Kris Letang who can become a unrestricted free agent in the 2014 offseason?

Based on contracts currently signed heading into the 2013-14 season, the Penguins will have the highest percentage of permitted salary cap space tied into two players.

Team Players,
position
Individual
Salary Cap
Hit
Combined
Salary Cap
Hit
Percent of
potential payroll
(*-$64.3 million)
Penguins Sidney Crosby, C
Evgeni Malkin, C
$8.7 million
$8.7 million
$17.4 million 27.0 %
Ducks Corey Perry, RW
Ryan Getzlaf, C
$8.625 million
$8.25 million
$16.875 million 26.2 %
Capitals Alex Ovechkin, LW
Nicklas Backstrom, C
$9.538,462
$6.7 million
$16,238,462 25.2 %
Hurricanes Eric Staal, C
Alexander Semin, RW
$8.25 million
$7 million
$15.25 million 23.7 %
Lightning Vincent Lecavalier, C
Steven Stamkos, C
$7,727,273
$7.5 million
$15,227,273 23.6 %
Wild Zach Parise, LW
Ryan Suter, D
$7,538,462
$7,538,462
$15,076,924 23.4 %
Predators Shea Weber, D
Pekka Rinne, G
$7.857,143
$7.0 million
$14,857,143 23.1 %
Rangers Rick Nash, LW
Henrik Lundqvist, G
$7.8 million
$6.875 million
$14.675 million 22.8 %
Sharks Joe Thornton, C
Patrick Marleau, LW
$7 million
$6.9 million
$13.9 million 21.6 %
Kings Drew Doughty, D
Anze Kopitar, C
$7 million
$6.8 million
$13.8 million 21.4 %
Senators Jason Spezza, C
Erik Karlsson, D
$7 million
$6.5 million
$13.5 million 20.9 %
Sabres Thomas Vanek, LW
Ryan Miller, G
$7,142,857
$6.25 million
$13,392,857 20.8 %
Blue Jackets Marian Gaborik, RW
James Wisniewski, D
$7.5 million
$5.5 million
$13.0 million 20.2 %
Bruins Zdeno Chara, D
Milan Lucic, LW
$6.916,667
$6 million
$12,916,667 20.0 %
Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk, C
Henrik Zetterberg, LW
$6.7 million
$6,083,333
$12,783,333 19.8 %
Blackhawks Patrick Kane, RW
Jonathan Toews, C
$6.3 million
$6.3 million
$12.6 million 19.5 %
Fyers Daniel Briere, RW
Kimo Timonen, D
$6.5 million
$6 million
$12.5 million 19.4 %
Devils Ilya Kovalchuk, LW
Travis Zajac, C
$6,666,667
$5.75 million
$12,416,667 19.3 %
Canadiens Carey Price, G
Andrei Markov, D
$6.5 million
$5.75 million
$12.25 million 19.0 %
Canucks Daniel Sedin, RW
Henrik Sedin, C
$6.1 million
$6.1 million
$12.2 million 18.9 %
Maple Leafs Dion Phaneuf, D
Mikhail Grabovski, C
$6.5 million
$5.5 million
$12.0 million 18.6 %
Oilers Jordan Eberle, RW
Taylor Hall, LW
$6 million
$6 million
$12.0 million 18.6 %
Flames Mike Cammalleri, C
Miikka Kiprusoff, G
$6.0 million
$5,833,333
$11,833,333 18.4 %
Panthers Brian Campbell, D
Tomas Fleischmann, LW
$7,142,875
$4.5 million
$11,642,875 18.1 %
Avalanche Paul Stastny, C
Ryan O’Reilly, C
$6.6 million
$5 million
$11.6 million 18.0 %
Blues Jay Bouwmeester, D
David Backes,
$6.68 million
$4.5 million
$11.18 million 17.38 %
Stars Kari Lehtonen, G
Jamie Benn, C
$5.9 million
$5.25 million
$11.15 million 17.34 %
Jets Tobias Enstrom, D
Evander Kane, LW
$5.75 million
$5.25 million
$11 million 17.1 %
Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D
Shane Doan, RW
$5.5 million
$5.3 million
$10.8 million 16.8 %
Islanders John Tavares, C
Lubomir Visnovsky, D
$5.5 million
$4.75 million
$10.25 million 15.9 %

Note:

*-The salary cap has been estimated to drop to $64.3 million for next season but that total has not been finalized by the NHL.
-All salary figures are from CapGeek.com.
-Malkin's salary cap hit will jump to $9.5 million after the 2013-14 season with his new contract. With Crosby, their combined salary cap hit will climb to $18.2 million.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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