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CBA 101 Part 4: Cap Space Calculations

One of the more complicated aspects of the National Hockey League’s Collective Barganing Agreement is actually the calculation of a team’s cap space. There are so many contributing factors that is easy to misunderstand. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I do believe I have a fair understanding; so I hope to be able to articulate it so others might find it informative. There will be aspects of cap calculation that I omit, either because I plan to cover it at a later point in time, or simply because I have to draw the line somewhere. Let’s start at …

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CBA 101 Part 3: Slide Contracts

Per the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, every NHL team is permitted to have 50 players under contract in their entire organization; including players that are not with the parent club. This was the reason that the Flyers were required to include Jon Kalinski in the trade for Pavel Kubina. The Flyers already had 50 contracts, so they could not acquire Kubina without shedding a contract first. However, it is possible to have more than 50 players under contract if you have what are called “slide contracts,” as they do not count towards the 50-contract limit. In the event that an 18 …

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CBA 101 Part 2: 35+ Contracts – The Chris Pronger Story

One aspect of the Collective Bargaining Agreement which is near and dear to the Flyers’ heart is the 35-plus contract; which we’ll cover here in Part 2 of CBA 101. A 35-plus contract is a contract of greater than 1 year, in which the player is 35 years or older when the contract takes effect. So what’s the big deal, right? The stipulation with this kind of pact is that no matter what happens, you can’t be rid of the player’s cap hit unless he is traded or claimed on waivers. Even if you were to send a player on …