Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Tom Benjamin on NHL salary cap "loopholes"

I recently wrote about a loophole in the NHL's collective bargaining agreement that may allow teams to skirt the salary cap by front-loading contracts.

Tom Benjamin points out that the CBA actually limits the amount of trickery teams can do. For instance, no contract can specify a salary more than 50% less than the previous season. Also, poorer teams who back-load contracts also get an advantage; towards the end of the contract, when the player makes much more than his cap amount, he can be profitably traded to a rich team that's short of cap space.

Very good stuff; read Tom's entire post.

Update: James Mirtle comments on the 50% restriction here.

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