Not only that, but Hahn states that for any AHL callups during the season, that players NHL salary (if on 2 way) must conform to the cap requirements.
So, you don't necessarily need 2-3 million under the cap for callups because the callup salary is prorated on a game-by-game basis.
The trade deadline is going to be more about swapping salaries (and contract years) then salary dumps as it has been in the past.
Exactly. Which is precisely why I think a guy like Parrish will have very good value come the trade deadline. He can be that extra bit of scoring depth that a contender wants -- sort of a wing version of what Butchie did for us -- but won't botch up salary cap plans because he has an expiring contract. So, his impact on a team's cap will be more or less minimal, 2/3 of his contract already being paid by the deadline and the contract expiring next year.