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Let’s talk about the Flames’ dire cap situation

Calgarians spent the past weekend hand-wringing over the state of the local weather. But as the National Hockey League roster deadline looms, the only thing dicier than the weather is the Calgary Flames salary cap situation.

On the eve of the season, it’s worth looking into how challenging the situation could be and the options the Flames have available to them.

First, a distinction. Salary cap space is calculated by the NHL every day at 5 p.m. ET (3 p.m. MT). In essence, there’s not one big season-long cap – it’s 186 daily caps. And that’s important.