A letter of intent to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the promise of an Olympic berth, have led to a frenzy of speculation over the fate of the team that has been in the news for the past few weeks.
The Penguins have had their share of problems over the past couple of seasons, but there are few teams in the NHL that are so far out of the playoff picture.
The team was not named to the Stanley Cup playoffs last season, but was one of only three teams to qualify for the postseason.
After winning the Stanley Series in 2014 and winning the Presidents’ Trophy in 2015, the Penguins were not considered one of the favorites to make the playoffs this year.
The Penguins finished last in the Atlantic Division last season with a record of 41-45-7.
As for Crosby, the 25-year-old captain has led the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships, and he has the potential to lead the team to a repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
The Penguins were supposed to make a trade this offseason for a veteran player.
However, the deal did not happen.
The Pens are currently one game out of first place in the Metropolitan Division and the Pittsburgh Sports Authority has confirmed that the team is not going anywhere.
However, it is expected that the Penguins are going to be without captain Sidney Crosby for the entire 2018-19 season, which means that the entire team could be looking at a contract extension that will take some of the pressure off Crosby.
It is not just Crosby who has to deal with the salary cap, either.
Pittsburgh is one of eight teams that are currently under the salary floor.
The cap hit for 2018-2019 is expected to be $71.7 million.
However that number could rise in the next two offseasons, if it does not.
The salary cap is set to increase by $4 million, so the Penguins will be facing some difficult decisions.
One of the most popular moves made by general manager Jim Rutherford to acquire a veteran forward this off-season was acquiring forward Evgeni Malkin from the New Jersey Devils.
Malkin was the fourth-highest scoring forward in the league last season.
However he is currently playing for the AHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are not alone in having a cap problem.
There are several teams in NHL that have an issue.
The New York Islanders were one of those teams.
They are currently $4.9 million over the salary limit.
New York had a $5.9 billion cap hit this past off-year, and it is believed that they are close to going over the cap again this season.
The Islanders are a playoff team with only five games left.
The Philadelphia Flyers are currently at the cap, and have not been able to make any significant moves this off year.
Philadelphia has been one of teams that have been in contention for a playoff spot in recent seasons, and they have a payroll of $59.8 million.
However, the team had to do some hard cap math and decided to take a risk by trading for a forward.
The Philadelphia Eagles will be without a captain for the entirety of the 2018-20 season.
After signing former Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux to a three-year deal worth $14.5 million, the Flyers signed forward Jakub Voracek to a one-year contract worth $6 million.
Voracek has played just one game this season and the Flyers are in need of scoring and offense.
They were already lacking a top-line center, so it is no surprise that the Flyers could not find a suitable trade partner.
The Flyers could potentially use the trade deadline to add a top line center, and there are many teams who could be interested in signing Voraceg to a new deal.
Vorracek will likely be an unrestricted free agent next summer, but the Flyers may still be able to find a trade partner that would bring him back.
It is expected, however, that the Philadelphia Flyers will not be able get rid of Voraceks contract.
The Philadelphia Flyers have the cap space to sign the 30-year old forward to a long-term contract.
If they can get him to sign a long term deal, it would make them the most expensive team in the League.
Veracek is still young, and is only entering his age-23 season.
With his contract, the Philadelphia Eagles would not have to use any salary cap space.
However the salary they would be willing to spend would be significant.
The $7.2 million cap hit would be one of Philadelphia’s top five highest payrolls in the entire league.
The New York Rangers, who have a cap hit of $65 million, have a roster that is filled with quality young players.
There are some big-name forwards on the roster, but they are not expected to make big deals this off season.
There is no guarantee that a young forward such