Financially Assessing the 2014-15 NHL Playoff Teams




Financially Assessing the 2014-15 NHL Playoff Teams Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
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The NHL playoffs, arguably be the most exciting postseason in all of sports, kicks off this Wednesday, with an enormous amount of parity leading to tight matchups out of the gate. We'll take a quick look at how each of the 16 playoff teams spent their cap dollars in 2014-15, how those figures rank among the other 30 teams, and a look ahead to the 2015-16 season, including payrolls and free agents.
2014-15 NHL Playoff Team Financials
The table below represents the payroll breakdown by position type for each postseason team for the 2014-15 season. Each figure is followed by the rank for that particular financial type in comparison to all 30 teams.

Related: Track all 30 team's 2014-15 salary caps
Team Forwards Defense Goaltending Payroll
Anaheim Ducks $34,316,725 (20) $14,491,006 (25) $1,659,758 (29) $57,983,870 (27)
Calgary Flames $23,452,162 (30) $17,874,462 (18) $7,304,838 (7) $51,064,875 (30)
Chicago Blackhawks $38,557,427 (8) $23,584,580 (3) $6,232,903 (13) $70,133,703 (2)
Detroit Red Wings $37,195,771 (12) $19,540,860 (15) $7,577,527 (5) $64,441,308 (14)
Minnesota Wild $41,115,727 (4) $16,120,589 (22) $5,045,161 (23) $63,207,148 (17)
Montreal Canadiens $27,584,663 (26) $28,898,049 (1) $7,062,500 (9) $66,032,949 (11)
Nashville Predators $29,111,585 (25) $19,529,859 (16) $7,725,000 (3) $59,141,710 (25)
New York Islanders $35,279,519 (15) $19,811,518 (13) $5,051,075 (22) $63,736,300 (15)
New York Rangers $35,215,706 (16) $22,780,644 (5) $9,062,500 (1) $68,796,039 (5)
Ottawa Senators $30,750,872 (23) $19,819,167 (12) $5,722,177 (17) $56,524,070 (28)
Pittsburgh Penguins $41,925,186 (1) $22,672,202 (6) $6,000,000 (14) $73,084,667 (1)
St Louis Blues $37,259,031 (11) $23,356,989 (4) $3,300,000 (26) $67,270,049 (9)
Tampa Bay Lightning $34,757,381 (17) $21,747,363 (7) $2,697,849 (28) $66,226,350 (10)
Vancouver Canucks $38,657,359 (7) $19,675,000 (14) $7,150,000 (8) $67,304,938 (8)
Washington Capitals $37,480,818 (9) $28,339,919 (2) $2,800,000 (27) $69,158,910 (4)
Winnipeg Jets $29,203,895 (24) $20,926,020 (8) $4,482,177 (24) $62,165,853 (18)


Future Payrolls & Free Agents
Here's a look at the 2015-16 cap allocations for each playoff team, and the number of upcoming restricted or unrestricted free agents.
Related: Track all Upcoming NHL Free Agents
Team Signed 2015-16 CAp $ RFA UFA
Anaheim Ducks 18 $50,170,001 11 8
Calgary Flames 21 $51,012,501 17 7
Chicago Blackhawks 14 $64,250,962 9 14
Detroit Red Wings 11 $56,368,362 12 6
Minnesota Wild 17 $60,852,524 11 11
Montreal Canadiens 19 $59,401,667 13 8
Nashville Predators 14 $39,972,144 14 7
New York Islanders 17 $54,749,642 15 11
New York Rangers 17 $59,225,000 14 6
Ottawa Senators 19 $58,400,834 14 3
Pittsburgh Penguins 16 $59,839,167 10 12
St Louis Blues 15 $56,372,500 11 10
Tampa Bay Lightning 19 $64,130,476 14 4
Vancouver Canucks 16 $62,194,167 22 5
Washington Capitals 14 $49,735,129 13 15
Winnipeg Jets 18 $49,270,000 9 11



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