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Cap could be $68 million not $71 million.

It would seem that the downfall of the Canadian dollar has made the NHL rethink the salary cap next year. The Score is reporting that Dean Lombadri, GM of the Kings, said the cap for 2014-15 could be around $68 million and not $71 million that was first expected. That will have some serious effects for teams that have to resign players or were thinking of going after guys like Moulson and Vanek. Here is what the Nucks could look like next year if they were to keep Kesler.

CAPGEEK.COM ARMCHAIR GM ROSTER
Vancouver Canucks 2014-15
FORWARDS
Daniel Sedin ($7.000m) / Henrik Sedin ($7.000m) / Alexandre Burrows ($4.500m)
David Booth ($4.250m) / Ryan Kesler ($5.000m) / Jannik Hansen ($2.500m)
Chris Higgins ($2.500m) / Mike Santorelli ($0.750m) / Brad Richardson ($1.150m)
Tom Sestito ($0.750m) / Shawn Matthias ($1.750m) / Nicklas Jensen ($0.863m)
Bo Horvat ($0.925m) / Zack Kassian ($1.500m)
DEFENSEMEN
Alexander Edler ($5.000m) / Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m)
Jason Garrison ($4.600m) / Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m)
Ryan Stanton ($0.550m) / Frank Corrado ($0.591m)
Chris Tanev ($2.700m) / Yannick Weber ($0.715m)
GOALTENDERS
Jacob Markstrom ($1.200m)
Eddie Lack ($1.150m)
BUYOUTS
Keith Ballard ($0.000m)
RETAINED SALARIES (1.13% of upper limit)
Roberto Luongo ($0.800m—15.00%)
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CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(estimations for 2014-15)
SALARY CAP: $68,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $66,844,444; BONUSES: $858,333
CAP SPACE (24-man roster): $1,155,556

I have to estimate Tanev, Kassian and Santorelli's salaries. But it still does not leave a lot of breathing room. Also I did not set lines, i just made sure there were 24 men on the roster. Trading Kesler at the draft may not be worth it this year at all. Maybe the Nucks wait until the next trading deadline.

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