Not really. The team is allowed to exceed the cap by, what, 10%, during the off-season?
Yes, per the CBA at Article 50.5(c)(ii)(B):
Nevertheless, in order to ensure that Clubs may have sufficient time and flexibility to plan their rosters during the off-season, the Upper Limit shall be temporarily raised by ten (10) percent to permit Clubs additional flexibility with their Averaged Club Salaries during the period from July 1 until and including the last day of Training Camp. On the day following the last day of Training Camp, the Upper Limit shall again be lowered to the level as calculated in Section 50.5(b), and all Clubs must once again be in compliance with the Upper Limit from the day following the last day of Training Camp until and including June 30.
so does that mean we have to trade Bieksa or another $3.5 million player for picks and minor league prospects in order to create room for Raymond plus tiny cushion, assuming arbitration will award Raymond $2.5 - $3 million
It means nothing at all,The canucks dont have to be at the cap intill sept 30th i belive.Gillis did say that he was in no hurry so i guess he wont get rid of Bieska intil septish...if it is bieska to go anyways,sure hope it is.( not that hes not a real good player,but a huge price tag for something we already have)