Colorado Avalanche – Cap Space: $35.1 million
The Colorado Avalanche are back in action! They’ve gone from having the top pick in the 2013 Draft to being in the running for the playoffs with a spot in the top three of the Central Division. Patrick Roy could potentially win the Jack Adams Award for his coaching efforts if the team continues its success in the postseason. However, the Avs will have to make a huge decision on two free agents, Paul Stastny and Ryan O’Reilly, two players who are making a combined total of $13.1 million. O’Reilly is a restricted free agent so the Avs have the first shot at him. Stastny is unrestricted and could go wherever he feels. Don’t forget that the youngest team captain in NHL history, Gabriel Landeskog, will be paid $4.5 million next year instead of the $925,000 entry-level salary he has now.