Originally Posted by The Comish
I've told our commish (I'm not commish in this one!) that the salary cap may be too low - how could a guy like Datsyuk go undrafted!? There are several top end players that weren't taken mostly due to cap reasons. So if one of your top guys gets hurt, you can put him on IR and effectively replace him quite easily. It's not reflective of the NHL, when a team loses a top guy, they have to find a replacement from within, not bring in a Lecavalier or Vanek from the Free Agent wire!
We used a 65 mil cap and we used last year's cap hits so I got Karlsson and Tavares at low costs. In our 10-team league we had a lot of excellent players go undrafted including Doughty, Thornton, Zetterburg, Keith, Gaborik, EStaal, Ryan Miller, Yandle, Cam Ward and more. It was because of their cap hit in relation to our 65 M cap. After our 20 round draft, players became free agents with the minimum starting bid being 25% of their cap hit. The teams that appear the best stocked up on young, cheap players during the draft and kept a lot of cap space for free agency. For example, Staal, Gaborik, Thornton, and Zetterberg all went between 3.2 and 4.1 M. Miller and Ward went for around 2.5 M.
We won't have your problem of replacing an injured superstar with a free agent superstar since you get only half of a player's salary for injury replacement purposes.
Overall, managing the cap and issuing contracts involve more levels of planning and consideration and makes the league fascinating. I'm in another league that doesn't have a cap and it's not nearly as interesting. Good stuff Comish!
C- Tavares, Backstrom, Ribiero, Turris, Eakin
RW- Gaborik, Perry, Downie, JWilliams
LW- Eriksson, Moulson, Duchene, Clowe, Johansson
D- Karlsson, Phaneuf, Enstrom, Burns, Gardiner, Voynov, Ellis
G- Fluery, Kipper, Dubnyk, Lindback
Farm- Huberdeau, Nyquist, Silfverberg, Grigorenko, Bjugstad, Teršvšinen, Lack