Does the NHL Salary Cap Hurt Teams?

May 23rd, 2010 by Melissa Bauer-Herzog Leave a reply »

In the coming months, players will be moved around to different teams as they accept the best deals possible.  But how much does the salary cap dictate where these free agents will go?

In theory, the salary cap is a great idea.  It keeps one team from signing a lot of good players and prevents them from being the NHL’s version of the New York Yankees.  With the cap in place, if a team wants a great player, it has to be willing to sacrifice the opportunity of signing other good players.   As of the '09-'10 season, the cap was at $56.8 million with any one player’s salary capped at $11.36 million.

Some teams have been known to sign young players to extensions early in their careers before they price themselves out of the team’s budget so the team can play around a bit more with signing other players later on while still keeping the first talent.  This is a good option if the youngster has potential because it saves the team money in the long run and secures the ...

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