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Old 01-24-2020, 12:47 PM   #1
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Handling the salary cap

Curious how everyone here handles the salary cap as the game progresses.

I tried to follow existing patterns with what people are saying it should be in the coming years down the line, but also I don't want to create a situation in which this keeps increasing yet dollar inflation and salaries aren't adjusted. How have others handled this?
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Old 01-24-2020, 01:58 PM   #2
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I'd also like to hear how this is handled. I've never played an NHL franchise and am curious how this is addressed.
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Old 01-28-2020, 03:27 PM   #3
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I find the off-season cap info very misleading, in terms of how the info is presented. Different screens (team finances and free agent signing) showed different numbers for available budget. It screwed my game up to be honest and I've not played since.
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Old 01-31-2020, 07:13 PM   #4
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I agree that salary cap info in the offseason is confusing. It would really help to have a clear and uniform number (which would show both the regular season cap and the 10% over offseason cap). But it's still manageable if you're not too close to the ceiling, like a few thousand off it.

But to answer the op's question, I go by attrition. I target high payed less productive players every season and get rid of one or two of them to pay for the salary increases. That means you need a steady pipeline of young promising players, so drafting is key. (and I never let my players go by UFA. I always extend contracts to every one of my players going to be free agents. Even if you make one or two 4th round draft pick off your players, that can still be useful, if only as fodder in another trade).

And also : let's say you draft the first overall. He's good enough to make your NHL team on the fourth line right after the draft? DON'T SIGN HIM YET. The three years at minimum wage will save you with the salary cap. Unless they can have a significant immediate impact on the team, I always sign my draftees right before their rights expire. They will have developed in the years between their draft and signing. In a bind, there are plenty of UFAs (or waived players) for the fourth line.

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