You can see here that Ottawa is almost exactly where they should be based on their budget. Encouraging to know that dollars are being spent with an acceptable amount of wisdom (and being spent so foolishly in Toronto). But it makes it even more infuriating to be constrained by the internal budget of Melnyk. While I would hate to be in the position of the Maple Leafs and spend big money with little to show for it, if we could just spend an average amount of dollars, we'd be a playoff team. It's been talked about more than enough and there's nothing revelatory here, but take a minute and stare at where that purple line is at the 100% of the cap mark, and imagine with me that the Sens finished the season there in terms of points instead of the colossal letdown we actually experienced in 2013/2014.
Below is a graph which shows the cumulative spending on the 30 NHL teams over the last five seasons and their total points percentages for all five years combined.
Going further, since we have a pretty good trend for performance versus spending, we can establish an expected pts% for each team and then compare that to their actual performance. So how did the Leafs fare in that regard? Shitty.