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Ever wonder why using LTIR isn’t ideal? Here’s why…

By now, thanks to Chris Pronger, most Flyers fans are familiar with Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR); at least at a high level. If you aren’t, I wrote this LTIR explanation many moons ago. The one thing I want to reiterate this morning, the day the NHL opens its doors, is that LTIR is not a good thing. It is not the same as cap space, and it is far from ideal. From that earlier article: In short, using LTIR is not a good thing. If you’re using it, you are not in ideal cap shape. The only way to …

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Flyers, Giroux talk contract extension

According to TSN.com, the Philadelphia Flyers have begun preliminary discussions with Claude Giroux in order to extend his contract. Details are slim, but we know that currently the Flyers are over the salary cap as of right now.  As well as the fact that the team has just acquired defenseman Mark Streit from the New York Islanders.  Streit will also need a new contract, further pushing the issue of the salary cap. Giroux has one year remaining on his current contract and is scheduled to become a restricted free agent after the 2013-14 season.  He is set to make $3,750,000 …

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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 …