NHL Lockout: 5 Players That Should Be Traded If Salary Cap Is Reduced

October 30th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
The new collective bargaining agreement will likely include a salary-cap reduction, which could force a number of NHL teams to trade away players with large cap hits to fit under the new salary ceiling.

Since the league's most recent proposal did not force teams to get under a lowered salary cap immediately (via ESPN's Pierre LeBrun), there could be a lot of activity near the trade deadline this season:

Am told league offer also will allow teams to go over salary cap in Year 1 - up to $70 M max - as part of transition rules

— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) October 16, 2012 Let's look at five players who could be traded if the salary cap goes down as a result of the new CBA.


Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

With Cory Schneider signed to a new three-year, $12 million contract, and top goaltending prospect Eddie Lack ready to be a backup at the NHL level, the Vancouver Canucks will likely trade veteran netminder Roberto Luongo at some point before or during the new season.

If the salary cap goes down, it would be foolish for the Canucks to have over $9 million of the salary cap ti ...

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