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03-04-2013, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Schenn Bros Pizza View Post
So half your salary will be taken up by 4 players??
It always makes me laugh when people recite this mistaken assumption. When a simple looking at the standings and team cap hits year in and year out tells you this is EXACTLY how teams win. The article is a couple years old, but the point remains relevant:

Winning In the Salary Cap Era: Quality Over Quantity

The Penguins offseason is not even two weeks old, and discussions about trading Malkin -- or listening to offers -- have been in the headlines almost non-stop. This, of course, is nothing new. The idea of listening to offers for Malkin, and, yes, even Sidney Crosby, has been brought up numerous times over the past two years. (You can read some of the many examples by clicking here, here, here, here, here and here -- there's more, of course, just Google the words: Trade, Evgeni, Malkin).

The common theme: the salary cap. The perception seems to be that a team can't commit such large chunks of money to so few players and still build a competitive team in the salary cap era. In reality, the opposite appears to be true. Successful teams in the NHL all have this in common: they have nearly half (or more than half) of their allotted salary cap space (this year, $56.8 million) tied up in just five players.

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