Noise wrote:If you're a first time free agent, the difference between 7.5 & 9 million a year is a lot less than the difference between 3.5 & 5 million a year, even though the numbers are the same.
IMO it's those guys you'd like to sign for 3.5 million a year but might be able to get 5 million a year elsewhere that are less likely to take a pay cut to play where they want.
This makes absolutely no sense. There is ONE NHL player with a cap hit at $9 million.
Getting over $7 million in this league puts you in the elite category; Top 20 NHL Players. Getting $9 million puts you in the top 2 cap hits, and not all teams have enough total salary to even get there (based on the 20% rule, that means you need $45 million minimum. Getting $5 million puts you in the top 75, where $3.5 puts you in the top 200.
To put this in perspective, the difference between ~$3.5mil and ~$5.25mil so far this year is Brad Stuart and Dennis Wideman.
The difference between $6.5mil and $8.7mil is Erik Karlsson and Sidney Crosby.