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How Sharks could have $30M-plus in salary-cap space to reshape roster

How Sharks could have $30M-plus in salary-cap space to reshape roster originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

Editor's Note: Sheng Peng will be a regular contributor to NBC Sports California’s Sharks coverage. You can read more of his coverage on San Jose Hockey Now, listen to him on the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast, and follow him on Twitter at @Sheng_Peng.

So how are the Sharks going to get better this offseason?

Good news, it can’t get worse … right? The 2023-24 Sharks were the second-worst team of the salary cap era, their .287 points percentage just ahead of the 2019-20 Detroit Red Wings’ .275.

More good news: The Sharks project to have plenty of salary-cap space to add established players, whether via trade or NHL free agency.

Coupled with the 2024-25 salary cap rising to a projected $87.7 million, the Sharks could have more than $30 million to play with to add four or more forwards and significantly alter their defense.

Here’s how I arrived at that figure:

FORWARDS

2024-25

Couture, Logan

$8,000,000

Granlund, Mikael

$5,000,000

Kunin, Luke

$3,000,000

Sturm, Nico

$2,000,000

Kostin, Klim

$2,000,000

Zetterlund, Fabian

$1,450,000

Bordeleau, Thomas

$874,125

Eklund, William

$863,333

Smith, Givani

$800,000

TOTAL

$23,987,458

DEFENSE

2024-25

Vlasic, Marc-Édouard

$7,000,000

Ferraro, Mario

$3,250,000

Rutta, Jan

$2,750,000

Benning, Matthew

$1,250,000

Burroughs, Kyle

$1,100,000

Mukhamadullin, Shakir

$894,167

Thrun, Henry

$874,125

Emberson, Ty

$813,750

TOTAL

$17,932,042

GOALIES

2024-25

Vanecek, Vitek

$3,400,000

Blackwood, Mackenzie

$2,350,000

TOTAL

$5,750,000

BURIED PENALTY

2024-25

Knyzhov, Nikolai

$100,000

TOTAL

$100,000

RETAINED SALARY

2024-25

Burns, Brent

$2,720,000

Karlsson, Erik

$1,500,000

Hertl, Tomas

$1,387,500

TOTAL

$5,607,500

BUYOUT

2024-25

Jones, Martin

$1,666,667

TOTAL

$1,666,667

2024-25 TOTAL

$55,043,667

Even with Logan Couture’s health in question, the Sharks will have a ton of flexibility.

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