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02-07-2013, 11:31 AM
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leebog
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Hypothetical: is this possible? Salary Cap circumvention?

Hypothetically, can a team not dress a 4th line all season and dress 2 superstar lines, with 1 "checking line", where the 2 superstar lines are highly paid?

For example:

NHL roster sizes are 23 players:

(12 Fwds, 6 Def, 2 Goalies, 3 players in press box)
cap is 65 million for argument sake
65 million/23 players = $2,826,086.96 per player


If you decrease the playing roster to eliminate the 4th line, thereby dressing only 17 players per game (barring no injuries)

(9 Fwds, 6 Def, 2 goalies, 0 players in press box)

65 million/17 players = $3,823,529.41 per player

So in essence, you can pay for more quality players, than quanitity.

spend $5mil per fwd for top 2 lines = $30 mil
$3 mil per player on 3rd line = $9 mil
$5 mil per top 3 Def, $1mil per for last 3 Def = $18 mil
$5 mil for your #1 goalie, $1million backup = $6 mil

Total $63 million and have $1 million under the cap to deal with injuries

Is this possible, hypothetically?

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