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NHL Salary Cap By Team

Why can a team be over the cap?
Team Proj
Cap Hit
Proj
Space
Current
Space
Dead
Space
Active
Roster
Retained
Left
Contracts Forwards Defense Goalies
$89,337,500$89.34M
$-1,337,500$-1.34M
$-1,337,500$-1.34M
- 19/23
41/50
65%
32%
5%
$68,076,806$68.08M
$19,923,194$19.92M
$19,923,194$19.92M
$1,588,889$1.59M 19/23
44/50
47%
20%
9%
$79,363,333$79.36M
$8,636,667$8.64M
$8,636,667$8.64M
$1,383,333$1.38M 22/23
43/50
52%
34%
3%
$86,925,000$86.93M
$1,075,000$1.08M
$1,075,000$1.08M
- 21/23
43/50
58%
27%
13%
$76,318,333$76.32M
$11,681,667$11.68M
$11,681,667$11.68M
- 21/23
41/50
49%
32%
6%
$80,676,524$80.68M
$7,323,476$7.32M
$7,323,476$7.32M
$512,500$513K 21/23
43/50
57%
26%
8%
$84,475,767$84.48M
$3,524,233$3.52M
$3,524,233$3.52M
$3,729,167$3.73M 23/23
49/50
50%
33%
9%
$87,044,667$87.04M
$955,333$955K
$955,333$955K
- 21/23
44/50
67%
28%
4%
$86,090,715$86.09M
$1,909,285$1.91M
$1,909,285$1.91M
$1,225,000$1.23M 21/23
45/50
56%
31%
9%
$73,450,516$73.45M
$14,549,484$14.55M
$14,549,484$14.55M
$1,444,444$1.44M 20/23
42/50
40%
40%
2%
$77,794,584$77.79M
$10,205,416$10.21M
$10,205,416$10.21M
$5,266,250$5.27M 19/23
42/50
53%
13%
17%
$88,829,763$88.83M
$-829,763$-830K
$-829,763$-830K
$11,691,429$11.69M 23/23
48/50
52%
31%
5%
$83,023,897$83.02M
$4,976,103$4.98M
$4,976,103$4.98M
$1,788,897$1.79M 22/23
41/50
57%
29%
7%
$88,933,334$88.93M
$-933,334$-933K
$-933,334$-933K
$1,741,667$1.74M 24/23
46/50
59%
24%
16%
$102,170,001$102.17M
$-14,170,001$-14.17M
$-14,170,001$-14.17M
$6,152,500$6.15M 23/23
51/50
71%
36%
2%
$80,660,834$80.66M
$7,339,166$7.34M
$7,339,166$7.34M
- 23/23
51/50
53%
31%
8%
$87,270,000$87.27M
$730,000$730K
$730,000$730K
- 22/23
43/50
58%
30%
12%
$67,175,834$67.18M
$20,824,166$20.82M
$20,824,166$20.82M
$1,875,000$1.88M 22/23
42/50
53%
19%
3%
$78,079,643$78.08M
$9,920,357$9.92M
$9,920,357$9.92M
$2,253,334$2.25M 23/23
45/50
42%
39%
5%
$80,862,074$80.86M
$7,137,926$7.14M
$7,137,926$7.14M
$3,378,740$3.38M 19/23
43/50
56%
27%
6%
$73,354,170$73.35M
$14,645,830$14.65M
$14,645,830$14.65M
$7,274,170$7.27M 22/23
47/50
47%
21%
7%
$81,322,500$81.32M
$6,677,500$6.68M
$6,677,500$6.68M
$3,166,667$3.17M 22/23
42/50
49%
31%
9%
$78,840,000$78.84M
$9,160,000$9.16M
$9,160,000$9.16M
$4,575,000$4.58M 21/23
41/50
44%
32%
8%
$88,354,167$88.35M
$-354,167$-354K
$-354,167$-354K
$6,566,667$6.57M 21/23
44/50
58%
31%
4%
$65,356,667$65.36M
$22,643,333$22.64M
$22,643,333$22.64M
- 22/23
45/50
47%
19%
8%
$86,984,167$86.98M
$1,015,833$1.02M
$1,015,833$1.02M
$3,059,167$3.06M 22/23
47/50
58%
32%
6%
$87,404,199$87.40M
$595,801$596K
$595,801$596K
$11,805,556$11.81M 20/23
44/50
48%
31%
7%
$82,198,691$82.20M
$5,801,309$5.80M
$5,801,309$5.80M
$5,466,667$5.47M 23/23
41/50
51%
24%
12%
$86,468,590$86.47M
$1,531,410$1.53M
$1,531,410$1.53M
$15,381,090$15.38M 22/23
47/50
50%
23%
7%
$70,851,666$70.85M
$17,148,334$17.15M
$17,148,334$17.15M
$825,000$825K 19/23
40/50
42%
30%
7%
$91,639,983$91.64M
$-3,639,983$-3.64M
$-3,639,983$-3.64M
- 23/23
47/50
57%
34%
13%
$80,741,191$80.74M
$7,258,809$7.26M
$7,258,809$7.26M
- 20/23
49/50
52%
31%
8%
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NHL News

Signings

Jul 12 2024 | Columbus Blue Jackets
Standard | 2 yrs
$1,625,000
Cap Hit
$812,500

Cameron Stewart | KO Sports, Inc.

Jul 12 2024 | Boston Bruins
Standard | 1 yrs
$775,000
Cap Hit
$775,000

Brian & Scott Bartlett | Bartlett Hockey

Jul 12 2024 | New York Rangers
Standard | 1 yrs
$775,000
Cap Hit
$775,000

Jordan Neumann & George Bazos | Edge Sports Management, LLC

Jul 12 2024 | Boston Bruins
Standard | 1 yrs
$775,000
Cap Hit
$775,000
Jul 11 2024 | Tampa Bay Lightning
Standard | 2 yrs
$6,750,000
Cap Hit
$3,375,000

Patrick Morris | Newport Sports Management Inc.

Jul 11 2024 | Utah Hockey Club
Entry Level | 3 yrs
$2,925,000
Cap Hit
$975,000

Pat Brisson | CAA Sports LLC

Jul 11 2024 | Detroit Red Wings
Entry Level | 3 yrs
$2,925,000
Cap Hit
$975,000

Brian & Scott Bartlett | Bartlett Hockey

All Signings

Trades

Jul 6 2024

The Winnipeg Jets acquired Dylan Coghlan from the Carolina Hurricanes for future considerations

Jul 5 2024
$2,100,000
$-2,100,000

The Edmonton Oilers acquired Matthew Savoie from the Buffalo Sabres for Ryan McLeod and Tyler Tullio

Jul 3 2024
$4,000,000
$-4,000,000

The Anaheim Ducks acquired Robby Fabbri and a 2025 conditional 4th Round Pick from the Detroit Red Wings for Gage Alexander

All Trades

Transactions

Jul 12 2024 | Columbus Blue Jackets

Greaves signed a two-year, $1.625 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

Jul 12 2024 | New York Rangers

Ruhwedel inked a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Rangers on Friday.

Jul 12 2024 | Boston Bruins

Regula signed a one-year, two-way contract with Boston on Friday.

Jul 12 2024 | Boston Bruins

Callahan penned a one-year, two-way contract with Boston on Friday.

Jul 12 2024

Allison inked a one-year, contract with Barys Astana (KHL) on Friday.

Jul 11 2024

Koivula signed a two-year contract with the Vaxjo Lakers of the SHL on Thursday, Stefen Rosner of NHL.com reports.

Jul 11 2024 | Detroit Red Wings

Brandsegg-Nygard signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

All Transactions

Injuries

OUT | Abdomen

Drysdale has resumed skating after undergoing surgery in April, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports Wednesday.

Expected Return: Sep 22, 2024
OUT | Hip

Kane has been dealing with a hip issue but there has not yet been a decision on whether or not he'll need surgery, Jason Gregor of Sports 1440 Edmonton reports.

Expected Return: Sep 22, 2024
OUT | Ankle

Tanev (ankle) signed a six-year, $27 million contract with Toronto on Monday.

Expected Return: Sep 22, 2024
OUT | Ankle

Stetcher (ankle) signed a two-year, $1.575 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.

Expected Return: Sep 22, 2024
OUT | Shoulder

Lehkonen (shoulder) should be ready around the start of training camp, Corey Masisak of The Denver Post reports.

Expected Return: Sep 23, 2024
OUT | Abdomen

Couturier said he's recovering from a "little sports hernia surgery, lower abs," Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports Thursday.

Expected Return: Sep 22, 2024
OUT | Shoulder

Vesey suffered a separated shoulder in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Florida Panthers, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.

Expected Return: Sep 22, 2024
All Injuries

Insights and Insiders

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What Is the NHL Salary Cap?

The NHL salary cap is the total amount that NHL teams may pay for players. The amount set as the salary cap each year depends on the league’s revenue for the previous season. As it is a 'hard cap,' there are no exemptions. However, if a player is injured and it's thought that they will miss at least 10 NHL games and 24 days in the season, their team can put them on long-term injured reserve (LTIR). By doing so, they can surpass the salary cap.

The salary cap was introduced to prevent teams with the most revenue signing all the top players, which was becoming a problem in the '90s and early 2000s. For instance, by signing a number of top-performing players and significantly spending more than the majority of other teams, the Detroit Red Wings were able to win three Stanley Cups in that time.

This led to the 2004-05 CBA negotiations, during which the entire season was cancelled — the first time a labor dispute has ever caused a cancellation in a major sports league in North America. At the time of the negotiations, teams were spending around 75 percent of their revenues on salaries — much higher than any other North American sports league. Eventually, they agreed to the general structure that remain today, including the mandatory payment to players in US dollars.

The concept of a salary cap is not new to the NHL. One was first introduced during the Great Depression, at which time the salary cap per team was $62,500 and $7,000 per player.

Salary Cap History

Since its reintroduction in the 2005-06 season, the NHL salary cap had risen every year until the pandemic shortened 2020-2021 season:

2005-2006$39.0 million
2006-2007$44.0 million
2007-2008$50.3 million
2008-2009$56.7 million
2009-2010$56.8 million
2010-2011$59.4 million
2011-2012$64.3 million
2012-2013$60.0 million *
2013-2014$64.3 million
2014-2015$69.0 million
2015-2016$71.4 million
2016-2017$73.0 million
2017-2018$75.0 million
2018-2019$79.5 million
2019-2020$81.5 million
2020-2021$81.5 million
2021-2022$81.5 million
2022-2023$82.5 million

* During the 2012-13 season, there was a lockout. The salary cap was set to $60 million, but NHL hockey teams were allowed to spend a pro-rated $70.2 million for the shortened season.

The salary floor (the minimum that a team must spend as a whole) is 85 percent of the salary midpoint. For the 2021-22 season, the cap floor is $60.2 million.

History of the Teams

Originally, there were just six NHL teams, called the Original Six. In the 1967-68 season, six new teams were added. The Original Six formed the East Division and the new six formed the West Division.

In 1974, six more NHL hockey teams joined the league, creating 18 in total. The league then took four teams from the World Hockey Association when it ceased to exist in 1979. With the Cleveland Barons gone in 1978, this brought the total to 21 teams.

There was no further expansion to the league until the '90s. The next new NHL team was the San Jose Sharks in 1991. Another eight were added in the subsequent decade to reach 30 teams by 2000. Finally, in 2016, Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, announced that another new NHL team — the Vegas Golden Knights — would join the List of NHL Teams, making 31 teams for the 2017-18 season.

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