Visualizing the Canadiens' cap situation with Sergei Gonchar

How the cap situation of the Montreal Canadiens looks after the trade of Travis Moen for Sergei Gonchar, and the demotion of Rene Bourque.

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With the acquisition of Sergei Gonchar from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Travis Moen, the Montreal Canadiens are now projected to spend $28.9 million on their defence corps—just $2.5 million less than is currently designated for the forwards. With the trade, Montreal parts with a contract that has one season of term remaining and acquires a contract that expires at the end of the season, freeing up cap space for 2015-16. The Canadiens are responsible for (34 of the 186 days in the regular seaon =) 18.3% of Moen's cap hit.

Rene Bourque was recently assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, which allows Montreal to shed a portion (153 of 186 regular season days' worth of a $925 000 AHL savings) of his cap hit. His cap slice is faded in the chart as he is not currently on the 23-man NHL roster.

Data obtained from CapGeek's Daily Tracker.

A public Google spreadsheet containing this cap info and the charts these visualizations are based upon is available here.

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