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How Will The Myers Extension Affect The Salary Cap Next Year

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The biggest news coming out of the Sabres on Thursday was the seven year, $38.5 million extension that Tyler Myers signed. While the extension will not affect the salary cap situation this year, due to the fact that Myers still has one year left on his entry level contract. The $5.5 million cap hit will take affect next season which could reek some havoc on the salary cap next season. Here is the the defensemen that are currently under contract for next season: 

Player Salary Cap Hit
Robyn Regher $4,020,000
Christian Ehrhoff $4,000,000
Jordan Leopold $3,000,000
Andrej Sekera $2,750,000
Tyler Myers $5,500,000
Mike Weber $950,000

That is a total of $20,220,000 on six defensemen and the team will have a total of $55,246,000 committed to 16 players. Five current players are unrestricted free agents heading into next season: Brad Boyes, Jochen Hecht, Ales Kotalik, Paul Gaustad, and Shaone Morrisonn. There are two restricted free agents as well in Patrick Kaleta and Tyler Ennis. 

Next year's cap space is going to have a lot of to do with what the team does to get under the cap this year as well. If the team moves some long term contracts to get under the cap, obviously it will impact next year's cap space. A lack of cap space may open up some room for prospects that have shined in the past few years like Luke Adam and others.