So I’ve been mulling over some ideas on how to improve the NHL’s salary cap. I think we know the NHL’s cap has issues, and this is proven in contracts such as Kovalchuk’s, Luongo’s, Hossa’s and more. As well, I think the guaranteed contracts are a bit of an issue (but I have a pretty simple thought that still keeps the guaranteed funds).
Player cap calculation
Currently, a player’s salary cap is calculated in a fairly simple way. Add up all the salary values of the contract and divide by the number of years the contract is for, and you get your cap hit. Players signed to a contract that starts at age 35 and over have their cap hit stay on the team’s payroll (i.e. cap hit) no matter what (well with some very very unlikely exceptions).
As we’ve seen with Kovalchuk’s rejected contract as well as several other contracts Continue reading 'Some thoughts on salary cap improvements for the next CBA'»