Pittsburgh Penguins 2019-20 Salary Cap

The Salary Cap for the 2019-20 NHL season has been set at $81.500M. I used CapFriendly in order to obtain the contract details (including Waiver Exemptions and No-Trade Clauses).

Salary Cap and AHL/ECHL contracts are up to date as of October 2, 2019.

There is a 23-man active NHL roster limit (ignoring players on the IR), a 50-man active contract limit (ignoring 18-19 year olds returned to their developmental teams), and a 90-man reserve list (which includes unsigned picks and defected players).

With the LTIR exemption they can temporarily exceed the cap by $3.514M. The Bonus Cushion allows them too exceed it by a further $3.700M, although if they are still over at the end of the season any overage will be rolled over into the 2020-21 cap.




NHL Pittsburgh Penguins (23) – $84.432M ($81.582M AAV plus $2.850M Bonus)


Goaltenders (2) – $4.425M

30 Matt Murray – $3.750M for 1 more year

35 Tristan Jarry – $0.675M for 1 more year


Defensemen (9) – $28.290M ($27.444M AAV plus $0.850M Bonus)

58 (A) Kris Letang – $7.250M for 3 more years – No Trade Clause (Lists 18 teams he CAN be traded to)

4 Justin Schultz – $5.500M for 1 more year – No Trade Clause (Lists 10 teams he CANNOT be traded to)

8 Brian Dumoulin – $4.100M for 4 more years

44 Erik Gudbranson – $4.000M for 2 more years

3 Jack Johnson – $3.250M for 4 more years

6 John Marino – $1.775M ($0.925M AAV plus $0.850M Bonus) for 2 more years (2-way) – Waiver Exempt

28 Marcus Pettersson – $0.874M for 1 more year

50 Juuso Riikola – $0.850M for 1 more year

2 Chad Ruhwedel – $0.700M for 2 more years


Forwards (12) – $49.525M ($46.675M AAV plus $2.850M Bonus)

71 (A) Evgeni Malkin – $9.500M for 3 more years – Full No Movement Clause

87 (C) Sidney Crosby – $8.700M for 6 more years – Full No Movement Clause

59 Jake Guentzel – $6.000M for 5 more years

72 Patric Hornqvist – $5.300M for 4 more years – No Trade Clause (Lists 8 teams he CANNOT be traded to)

18 Alex Galchenyuk – $4.900M for 1 more year

27 Nick Bjugstad – $4.100M for 2 more years

24 Dominik Kahun – $3.775M ($0.925M AAV plus $2.850M Bonus) for 1 more year (2-way)

13 Brandon Tanev – $3.500M for 6 more years – No Trade Clause (Lists 10 teams he CANNOT be traded to)

19 Jared McCann – $1.250M for 1 more year

46 Zach Aston-Reese – $1.000M for 2 more years

12 Dominik Simon – $0.750M for 1 more year

53 Teddy Blueger – $0.750M for 2 more years


Long Term Inured Reserve (2) – $3.651M ($0.068M ACSL)

17 Bryan Rust – $3.500M for 3 more years

5 Zach Trotman – $0.700M for 2 more years (2-way) – AHL Tweener


Season Opening Inured Reserve (1) – $0.000M

61 Justin Almeida – $0.925M ($0.809M AAV plus $0.116M Bonus) for 3 more years (2-way) – Waiver Exempt


Buried Salary – $0.175M


2018-19 Performance Bonus Rollover – $0.133M




AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (27)


Goaltenders (3)

? Casey DeSmith – $1.250M for 3 more years

60 Emil Larmi – $0.925M ($0.793M AAV plus 0.133M Bonus) for 2 more years (2-way) – Waiver Exempt

40 Dustin Tokarski – AHL Contract


Defensemen (8)

57 Pierre-Olivier Joseph – $1.076M ($0.863M AAV plus $0.213M Bonus) for 3 more years (2-way) – Waiver Exempt

25 Niclas Almari – $0.925M ($0.809M AAV plus $0.116M Bonus) for 3 more years (2-way) – Waiver Exempt

5 David Warsofsky – $0.700M for 2 more years (2-way) – AHL Veteran

7 Kevin Czuczman – $0.700M for 2 more years (2-way) – AHL Veteran

28 Steve Oleksy – Professional Try-Out – AHL Veteran

42 Matt Abt – AHL Contract

55 Jon Lizotte – AHL Contract

48 Michael Kim – AHL Contract


Forwards (16)

17 Anthony Angello – $0.925M ($0.834M AAV plus $0.091M Bonus) for 1 more year (2-way) – Waiver Exempt

11 Oula Palve – $0.925M ($0.793M AAV plus $0.133M Bonus) for 1 more year (2-way) – Waiver Exempt

9 Jake Lucchini – $0.925M ($0.793M AAV plus $0.133M Bonus) for 1 more year (2-way) – Waiver Exempt

20 Kasper Bjorkqvist – $0.925M ($0.793M AAV plus $0.133M Bonus) for 2 more years (2-way) – Waiver Exempt

18 Sam Lafferty – $0.925M ($0.768M AAV plus $0.158M Bonus) for 1 more year (2-way) – Waiver Exempt

37 Sam Miletic – $0.710M for 1 more year (2-way) – Waiver Exempt

26 Andrew Agozzino – $0.700M for 2 more years (2-way) – AHL Veteran

22 Joseph Cramarossa – $0.700M for 1 more year (2-way) – AHL Veteran

16 Thomas Di Pauli – $0.700M for 1 more year (2-way)

? Adam Johnson – $0.700M for 1 more year (2-way) – Waiver Exempt

10 Joseph Blandisi – $0.700M for 1 more year (2-way)

15 Jordy Bellerive – $0.683M for 3 more years (2-way) – Waiver Exempt

39 Ryan Haggerty – $0.675M for 1 more year (2-way) – AHL Tweener

23 Jamie Devane – AHL Contract – AHL Tweener

12 Ben Sexton – AHL Contract

34 Chase Berger – AHL Contract




ECHL Wheeling Nailers (28)


Goaltenders (5)

33 Alex D’Orio – $0.683M for 3 more years (2-way) – Waiver Exempt

30 Jordan Ruby – ECHL Contract

31 Andrew D’Agostini – ECHL Contract

1 Kevin Entmaa – ECHL Contract

29 Rob McGovern – ECHL Contract


Defensemen (8)

24 Macoy Erkamps – AHL Contract

8 Blake Siebenaler – AHL Contract

2 Matt Harrington – ECHL Contract

3 Aaron Titcomb – ECHL Contract

4 Lane Valimont – ECHL Contract

16 Craig Skudalski – ECHL Contract

5 Jack Macnee – ECHL Contract

32 Jake Schultz – ECHL Contract


Forwards (15)

22 Jan Drozg – $0.925M ($0.809M AAV plus $0.116M Bonus) for 3 more years (2-way) – Waiver Exempt

20 Ryan Scarfo – AHL Contract

23 Brandon Hawkins – AHL Contract

19 Myles Powell – AHL Contract

9 Yushiroh Hirano – AHL Contract

27 Christopher Brown – AHL Contract

12 Renars Krastenbergs – AHL Contract

26 Brad Drobot – ECHL Contract

13 Nick Saracino – ECHL Contract

15 Anton Lindstrom – ECHL Contract

21 Cam Brown – ECHL Contract

10 Lucas Kohls – ECHL Contract

11 Alec Butcher – ECHL Contract

14 Willy Smith – ECHL Contract

17 Tommy Munichiello – ECHL Contract




Prospects and Defected Players (23)


Goaltenders (1)

Alexander Pechurskiy – VHL Metallurg Novokuznetsk


Defensemen (11)

Calen Addison – $0.894M ($0.778M AAV plus $0.116M Bonus) for 4 more years (2-way) – WHL Lethbridge Hurricanes

Ryan Jones – 2016 4th round pick (August 15, 2020) – University of Nebraska-Omaha

Clayton Phillips – 2017 3rd round pick (August 15, 2021) – Penn State University

Antti Palojarvi – 2017 6th round pick (June 1, 2021) – Liiga Lukko

William Reilly – 2017 7th round pick (August 15, 2020) – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Santeri Airola – 2019 7th round pick (June 1, 2023) – Mestis Kettera

Vladimir Malenkykh – Retired

Andrey Pedan – KHL Ak Bars Kazan

Lukas Bengtsson – KHL SKA St. Petersburg

Ryan Segalla – Retired

Joseph Masonius – ECHL Reading Royals


Forwards (11)

Linus Olund – $0.925M ($0.776M AAV plus $0.149M Bonus) for 2 more years (2-way) – SHL Brynas

Samuel Poulin – $0.894 for 4 more years (2-way) – QMJHL Sherbrooke Phoenix

Nathan Legare – $0.894M ($0.778M AAV plus $0.116M Bonus) for 4 more years (2-way) – QMHL Baie-Comeau Drakkar

Filip Hallander – $0.863M ($0.714M AAV plus $0.149M Bonus) for 4 more years (2-way) – SHL Lulea

Nikita Pavlychev – 2015 7th round pick (August 15, 2020) – Penn State University

Liam Gorman – 2018 6th round pick (August 15, 2023) – Princeton University

Judd Caulfield – 2019 5th round pick (August 15, 2023) – University of North Dakota

Valtteri Puustinen – 2019 7th round pick (June 1, 2021) – Liiga HPK

Sergei Anshakov – Retired

Evgeni Isakov – Retired

Dominik Uher – DEL Fischtown Pinguins

3 thoughts on “Pittsburgh Penguins 2019-20 Salary Cap”

  1. NHL Roster and Salary Cap Speculation (7/26)

    As things stand now we can make a rough guess at what the opening night roster will look like because there are 14 F/7 D who spent the entire season in the NHL last year, so they would make sense as the presumptive NHL roster going into the season. Also being that Jarry is still waiver exempt (and still unsigned) we can assume to know what the opening day goaltender rotation will be as well.

    Things are still fluid though, it would certainly benefit them to make a trade at some point (Hagelin being the prime target, although people do still talk about Kessel rumours). Not only because it would give them some much needed Cap space, but it would also open up a roster spot for a player like ZAR to move up to the NHL full time. As it stands now they would have to waive one of Grant/Hayes/Simon/Sprong in order to make room for him, and if a rookie D like Riikola manages to stand out and force his way into the lineup they could end up having to waive Ruhwedel. But since ZAR and Riikola are waiver exempt let’s work under the assumption that they will at least be starting the season in the AHL.

    Goaltenders – 2 ($4.425M)
    Matt Murray
    Casey DeSmith

    Defensemen – 7($26.971M)

    Forwards – 14 ($47.275M)

    23-man NHL roster – $78.671M ($0.829M free space)


    1. Minor League Rosters

      When we take away all the players from the 23-man NHL roster we are left with 4 goaltenders, 14 defensemen, and 24 forwards. We can still eliminate a couple though… G D’Orio, F Bellerive, and F Hallander are still under 20 and we can assume they will be back to their old clubs to continue developing as their contracts slide a year. So that leaves us with 39 players to fill the WBS and Wheeling lineups.

      The presumptive AHL starter is of course Jarry (although he is still an unsigned RFA) and that leaves Muse and Peters fighting to be his backup. If Muse gets sent down to the ECHL he could be the Nailers starting goalie, but Peters’ ECHL rights are still owned by another team so he wouldn’t be in Wheeling unless they made a trade. They could keep 3 goalies in the AHL, and with their injury history that may not be a bad idea either, but if they do so they will need to get 2 ECHL goalies to play in Wheeling (and even if one of Muse/Peters gets sent down they still need 1 more G). Muse finished last season in the ECHL and put up exceptional numbers (as the starter in their brief playoff run as well), so if it were up to me I’d send him down to Wheeling and let Peters resume his role as Jarry’s backup in the AHL.

      AHL: Jarry, Muse, and Peters
      ECHL: ?

      The biggest problem here is that 6 of the D are either AHL Veterans or Tweeners and the team can only dress 6 total per game (and they have 3 veteran/tweener forwards as well), so they will be carrying a few extra bodies as a number of guys will be forced to sit each night. With how many experience D there are I expect the brand new rookies to begin the season in Wheeling, and assume Fick (the presumptive new Captain as the only returning Nailers player so far) and the other ECHL rookies will start down there as well. I’m going to assume Spinozzi starts in Wheeling for now, but it also wouldn’t be a terrible idea for him to be up in the AHL rotation since a few veterans will have to sit every game.

      AHL: Trotman, Czuczuman, Summers, Riikola, Taylor, Elliott,Prow, and O’Neill
      ECHL: Birks, Spinozzi, Masonius, Fick, Titcomb, and Carter (plus extras yet to be named)

      There are 3 veteran/tweener forwards, so they will be forced to join the 6 D in a rotation as only 6 of the 9 can dress on any given night. We’re starting off on the assumption that waiver exempt ZAR will begin the season in WBS, although if he does make the opening night roster they will be forced to waive down a player (likely Hayes or Grant, but Simon and Sprong are also near the bottom of the depth chart) which could result in another veteran being added to the lineup. I do wonder if the risk of waiving Sprong could be worth it, he hasn’t had much NHL success as of yet and is the only one of the options that wouldn’t add another veteran to the rotation, but with Botterill in charge of Buffalo I’m not sure he would ever clear waivers.

      AHL: Aston-Reese, Dea, Blueger, Wilson, Di Pauli, Johnson, Angello, Olund, Lafferty, Tiffels, Lindberg, Burton, Cramarossa, Haggerty, and McGrath
      ECHL: Miletic, Brown, Josephs, Saracino, Lynch, Rauter, and LaCroix (plus at least 3 yet to be named, preferably a couple extras)


    2. Last bit of info for today…

      The Penguins currently have 48 out of 50 maximum NHL contracts. 3 of them are under 20 years old and can slide this year, thus dropping the team down to 45 out of 50.

      The team is at 67 out of 90 on their full reserve list. 3 of the Russian players they are still listed as controlling the player rights for are retired though, so ostensibly we are looking at 64 of 90.


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