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01-26-2013, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by ECWHSWI View Post
the difference between 5 Mil when Pens won the Cup versus next year (this year isnt a full season so...) is less than 2% on cap space.

Sorry, but if you pay P.K. 5 Mil, you are investing in the present, not the future.
Good cherry picking. What about Detroit... cap was at 56.

You can switch two minimum ECLs for two 5 mil contract with that difference.

Point is, you're question wasn't even good to start with as the salary will be forever increasing, and you're using the only year it will actually go down (the CBA states it will never go down lower than 64,3 and will keep going up with the same requirements as before, so it's almost a sure bet). Which is ingenious of you. It's also irrelevant because every big market team has at least 4 players making close to 5 mil, if not more, and many of them have players making almost 150 to 200% of the 5 mil as a cap hit.

The actual way to see it is this; For next year exclusively, the average salary on a full cap will be close to 2,80 mil. You can have 23 players making 2,8 mil (2,795,652$ actually) and you will be flush with the upper limit. Having 4-5 players making around 5 mil isn't dramatic at all, especially if you have a few non-bonus ELCs.

And you can't compare teams from the past when the cap was 5-10 and 20% lower... not 2%. Also considering that the cap might increase slowly in the next 2-3 years, but afterwards, you might expect the same 5 to 10% increase yearly, which will have the average full cap salary getting closer to 5 mil anyway.

This is a much better way to show that there's always ample space especially if yuo have many long term contracts (Plex, Price, Pac) who will cost less in % vs the cap in a few years.

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