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There at six teams in the NHL tied with the most points in the league with 34 points but the Islanders lead the pack with season projection spending $511,404 per point. The Penguins are fifth with $572,495 per point.

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Player Value Means Team Success

In the NHL salary cap era, who spends the most money on July 1 doesn't mean your captain lifts the Stanley Cup in June the following season.

There at six teams in the NHL tied with the most points in the league with 34 points but the Islanders lead the pack with season projection spending $511,404 per point. The Penguins are fifth with $572,495 per point.

The Islanders have 7 forwards and 3 defensemen making $1 million or less, which gives them trade deadline cap space of $25,122,963 and that's after GM Garth Snow made free agent moves to sign forwards Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski and traded for goaltender Jaroslav Halak and defensemen Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk. If the Islanders keep playing up to their talent level lead by John Tavares, GM Garth Snow could be tempted to be the bully in the trade market because of the prospects and money available to make moves.

Then there's the Penguins with 6 forwards and 3 defensemen at $1 million or less but only $3,314,797 in trade deadline cap space. Historically, it isn't very reasonable to expect Blake Comeau to keep scoring goals and playing this well but at $700k, it is giving GM Jim Rutherford the payroll flexibility he desperately needed this season. When Rutherford went with Nashville's offer for James Neal to get Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling, it addressed the team's lack of depth, though some of that was negated with the mind-numbing two-year $4.4 million contract given to Spaling.

Salary Cap information from CapGeek.com

Team Spending Deadline Space Pts $ per PT Games Played Pts per GP Pts Projection $ per PT Projection
NY ISLANDERS
$59,408,111 $44,602,286 34 $1,747,297.38 24 1.417 116 $511,404.11
NASHVILLE
$63,597,212 $25,122,963 34 $1,870,506.24 23 1.478 121 $524,654.19
CALGARY
$57,005,724 $55,773,386 32 $1,781,428.88 25 1.280 105 $543,118.56
PITTSBURGH
$69,396,384 $3,314,797 34 $2,041,070.12 23 1.478 121 $572,495.28
VANCOUVER
$68,007,906 $4,613,236 33 $2,060,845.64 23 1.435 118 $578,042.07
DETROIT
$64,053,286 $8,970,844 31 $2,066,235.03 23 1.348 111 $579,553.73
ST. LOUIS
$67,366,304 $4,341,685 34 $1,981,361.88 24 1.417 116 $579,910.79
ANAHEIM
$63,160,805 $21,246,758 33 $1,913,963.79 25 1.320 108 $583,525.55
TAMPA BAY
$69,301,032 $4,168,203 34 $2,038,265.65 24 1.417 116 $596,565.56
MONTRÉAL
$66,907,034 $9,732,292 34 $1,967,853.94 25 1.360 112 $599,955.47
MINNESOTA
$61,038,728 $33,764,916 27 $2,260,693.63 23 1.174 96 $634,096.99
OTTAWA
$55,781,371 $61,466,625 24 $2,324,223.79 23 1.043 86 $651,916.43
CHICAGO
$69,352,460 $6,313,775 31 $2,237,176.13 24 1.292 106 $654,783.26
WINNIPEG
$60,795,263 $37,059,278 28 $2,171,259.39 25 1.120 92 $661,969.33
FLORIDA
$64,036,244 $23,081,465 24 $2,668,176.83 21 1.143 94 $683,313.58
BOSTON
$67,886,065 $6,903,833 29 $2,340,898.79 24 1.208 99 $685,141.11
LOS ANGELES
$68,938,399 $4,220,610 29 $2,377,186.17 24 1.208 99 $695,761.81
NY RANGERS
$64,784,920 $9,137,623 26 $2,491,727.69 23 1.130 93 $698,899.23
TORONTO
$67,618,765 $4,843,210 27 $2,504,398.70 23 1.174 96 $702,453.29
SAN JOSE
$63,527,249 $24,634,542 26 $2,443,355.73 25 1.040 85 $744,925.53
ARIZONA
$59,277,986 $45,207,367 21 $2,822,761.24 24 0.875 72 $826,174.02
WASHINGTON
$70,933,421 $430,705 24 $2,955,559.21 23 1.043 86 $828,998.31
DALLAS
$68,133,082 $7,509,286 23 $2,962,307.91 23 1.000 82 $830,891.24
NEW JERSEY
$69,071,683 $211,649 22 $3,139,621.95 24 0.917 75 $918,913.74
COLORADO
$69,516,518 $1,606,145 21 $3,310,310.38 23 0.913 75 $928,501.69
BUFFALO
$57,762,477 $52,254,482 18 $3,209,026.50 24 0.750 62 $939,227.27
CAROLINA
$65,706,989 $15,033,500 17 $3,865,117.00 23 0.739 61 $1,084,118.18
PHILADELPHIA
$75,063,516 $1,166,667 19 $3,950,711.37 23 0.826 68 $1,108,126.36
EDMONTON
$65,662,630 $15,518,771 16 $4,103,914.38 24 0.667 55 $1,201,145.67
COLUMBUS
$63,222,376 $24,773,452 14 $4,515,884.00 23 0.609 50 $1,266,650.39

Prospect Update

Kasperi Kapanen, LW - 14 games, 7 goals, 7 assists.

Here's an article quoting Kapanen about the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships, best one is this language translation from Finnish to English, "I hope I get to represent my country, and to bear the responsibility!"

Individual Stats

Christian Ehrhoff is tied for second among NHL defensemen at +14 Plus/Minus and scored his first goal in 46 games.

Simon Despres is getting number six defensemen minutes at even-strength with just 13:40 per game.

Robert Bortuzzo has 11 shots on goal in 8 games, Rob Scuderi has 14 in 23 games. Hmmm.

Sidney Crosby (49.9%) and Evgeni Malkin (42.7%) on faceoffs are starting to look like concern.

Player Cost per Point

Player Cap Hit Games Team Games Points $ per PT Pts per Game Pts Projection $ per Pts Projection
Craig Adams $700,000 23 23 2 $350,000 0.087 7 $98,171
Beau Bennett $900,000 7 23 3 $300,000 0.429 28 $31,818
Blake Comeau $700,000 22 23 14 $50,000 0.636 52 $13,580
Sidney Crosby $8,700,000 23 23 33 $263,636 1.435 118 $73,947
Steve Downie $1,000,000 23 23 10 $100,000 0.435 36 $28,049
Pascal Dupuis $3,750,000 16 23 11 $340,909 0.688 52 $72,727
Andrew Ebbett $550,000 1 23 1 $550,000 1.000 60 $9,167
Marcel Goc $1,200,000 22 23 1 $1,200,000 0.045 4 $325,926
Patric Hornqvist $4,250,000 23 23 25 $170,000 1.087 89 $47,683
Chris Kunitz $3,850,000 23 23 20 $192,500 0.870 71 $53,994
Evgeni Malkin $9,500,000 23 23 29 $327,586 1.261 103 $91,884
Jayson Megna $874,125 4 23 0 - 0.000 0 -
Zach Sill $550,000 20 23 0 - 0.000 0 -
Nick Spaling $2,200,000 23 23 8 $275,000 0.348 29 $77,134
Brandon Sutter $3,300,000 23 23 11 $300,000 0.478 39 $84,146

Fenwick Team Rankings

According to PuckOn.Net through the Penguins first 22 games

Even-strength and game tied: Fenwick % 50.6 (15th)

Even-strength and leading by 1: Fenwick % 55.7 (1st)

Even-strength and losing by 1: Fenwick % 56.3 (10th)