8 of 16 playoff teams go over the salary cap - 14 teams total - guess who!

Published May 7, 2022 at 6:28 PM
NHL contract tracker website CapFriendly revealed earlier that 14 of the 32 teams in the NHL will be penalized on the 2022-23 salary cap because of bonus overage.

Out of the 14 teams, 8 have qualified for the postseason, which began at the beginning of this week. The playoff teams who ran into salary cap issues include: the Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals.

The high number of teams that have run into salary cap issues and especially the high number of playoff teams raises some questions about the effectiveness of the salary cap as an equalizer between big and small market teams, as well as the penalties that teams will face for going over the cap.

Given the high number of teams willing to accept penalties for cap overages to attract marquee talent to bolster their rosters it seems that the NHL will have to move to more seriously enforce the cap so teams don't have an unfair advantage over other teams, or potential raise the cap.

Particularly given the number of playoff teams who have gone over, which indicates going over the cap does correlate to team success.
May 7   |   240 answers
8 of 16 playoff teams go over the salary cap - 14 teams total - guess who!

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