It's here. It's pretty much the same. It's back. It's fucking back. Some tidbits on the implications of the new CBA on the cap, courtesy of TSN:
Each team will be allowed two amnesty buyouts that can be used to terminate contracts after this season and next season. The buyouts will count against the players' overall share in revenues, but not the team's salary cap.
The upper limit on the salary cap in the first year is $60 million, but teams can spend up to $70.2 million (all pro-rated). The cap floor will be $44 million.
The league coming off their demand for a $60 million cap in Year 2, meeting the NHLPA's request to have it at $64.3 million - which was the upper limit from last year's cap. The salary floor in Year 2 will be $44 million.
The salary variance on contracts from year to year cannot vary more than 35 per cent and the final year cannot vary more than 50 per cent of the highest year.
A player contract term limit for free agents will be seven years and eight years for a team signing its own player.
Teams can only walk away from a player in salary arbitration if the award is at least $3.5 million. [I'd like to christen this the Tim Kennedy rule]
There will be tons of cap space come deadline day, as the rate of accrual of cap space is accelerated (with fewer days in the season) and the pro-rated upper limit of $70.2m is the highest in league history.The NHL is suggesting the trade deadline for this season be April 5. The NHLPA has not yet agreed to it. Last year's deadline was February 27.
Without further ado, here's the B's cap situation in pictures:
TL;DR version: $2.14m in opening-day cap space with Bourque and Johnson on the roster, $1.04m if they decide to have Caron as forward #13 as well; on day 1, Savard goes on LTIR and the Bruins have $5-6m+ available daily throughout the season, which accrues to a huge amount by deadline day.