NHL23: How to make Franchise Mode accurate due to LTIR
If you enjoy being an Armchair GM, chances are you enjoy Franchise Mode on NHL-series games. Previously known as Dynasty Mode and Be A GM Mode, Franchise Mode allows you to make trades, sign contracts, scout prospects, and ultimately build a lineup of players that you hope will become a dynasty. Since LTIR still isn’t taken into account in these games, however, Franchise Mode can be a bit frustrating. On Vegas, for example, the $14M+ of LTIR that is being used does not get accounted for in-game. Therefore, just about every player on the team has their salary cut by ~$300k for multiple years – thus making it easier for that team to manoeuvre the salary cap.
To combat this problem, below is my cheat sheet for what salaries you should alter BEFORE you start up your Franchise Mode to keep the AI from changing up the league. The realism will never be perfect, but I would prefer to change the salaries of some players for one season as opposed to an entire team being altered for years to come. By making these changes, we can get a real challenge as the GM of these teams, OR see how the AI GM deals with those contracts down the road.
If you’re playing on PS4, you can download this roster from “Roster Sharing” instead of having to make these changes yourself! Just search for the roster named “Data Cap Compliant” from Data782. For more on this, check out my video that explains all of these changes:
Note: Some players who are retired/not coming back but still cost against the salary such as Brent Seabrook are listed as 70 OVR. Other players who the game considers to be more “in the air” such as Oscar Klefbom are still listed as their original overall. Therefore, different options will be presented for you depending on how you want to play your Franchise Mode. Whether you want them reduced in overall/salary, dropped to free agency (where they will not be signed at this overall) or out of the game completely (by transferring to an international team in “player movement”) will be up to you.
AS OF EA ROSTER DATED OCTOBER 18, 2022:
ANAHEIM DUCKS: No changes necessary. Optional: drop RYAN KESLER to free agency/transfer to any international team to remove completely.
ARIZONA COYOTES: Under the salary floor. Add ~$4M to any expiring contract (ex. NICK BJUGSTAD $900k >> $4.5M).
BOSTON BRUINS: Reduce DAVID PASTRNAK $6.66M >> $4.75M.
BUFFALO SABRES: Under the salary floor. Add ~$5M to any expiring contract (ex. ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS $2.2M >> $7M).
CALGARY FLAMES: Cap compliant for 2022-23 but over due to extensions. If playing more than one season, reduce DILLON DUBÉ $2.30M >> $750k and KEVIN ROONEY $1.30M >> 750k.
CAROLINA HURRICANES: Reduce JORDAN STAAL $6M >> $1M.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: No changes necessary.
COLORADO AVALANCHE: No changes necessary.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: No changes necessary.
DALLAS STARS: No changes necessary.
DETROIT RED WINGS: No changes necessary.
EDMONTON OILERS: Transfer OSCAR KLEFBOM to an international team OR reduce his overall and drop to free agency. Reduce JESSE PULJUJÄRVI $3M >> $750k. Optional: drop MIKE SMITH to free agency/transfer to any international team to remove completely.
FLORIDA PANTHERS: Reduce PATRIC HORNQVIST $5.3M >> $1M.
LOS ANGELES KINGS: No changes necessary.
MINNESOTA WILD: No changes necessary.
MONTREAL CANADIENS: No changes necessary. Optional: drop CAREY PRICE to free agency/transfer to any international team to remove completely.
NASHVILLE PREDATORS: No changes necessary.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS: No changes necessary.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS: No changes necessary.
NEW YORK RANGERS: No changes necessary.
OTTAWA SENATORS: No changes necessary.
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: Reduce JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK $7M >> $6M.
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS: Reduce TEDDY BLUEGER $2.2M >> $1M.
SAN JOSE SHARKS: No changes necessary.
SEATTLE KRAKEN: No changes necessary.
ST. LOUIS BLUES: No changes necessary.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: No changes necessary. Optional: drop BRENT SEABROOK to free agency/transfer to any international team to remove completely.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: Reduce ALEXANDER KERFOOT $3.5M >>; $750k and PIERRE ENGVALL $2.25M >> $1M.
VANCOUVER CANUCKS: No changes necessary. Optional: drop MICHAEL FERLAND to free agency/transfer to any international team to remove completely.
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: Transfer SHEA WEBER to an international team OR drop to free agency. Reduce LAURENT BROSSOIT $2.325M >> $750k, ADIN HILL $2.175M >> $750k, BRETT HOWDEN $1.5M >> 750k, PHIL KESSEL $1.5M >> $750k, & NOLAN PATRICK $1.2M >> $750k.
WASHINGTON CAPITALS: Reduce DMITRY ORLOV $5.1M >> $750k and NICK JENSEN $2.5M >> $750k.
WINNIPEG JETS: No changes necessary.
When starting up your franchise mode after making these changes, the game will give you a “SALARY CAP WARNING” that asks if you want to keep the salary cap on because the system will fix team that are not compliant. Ignore this and keep the salary cap on.
There you have it! Remember that, if you are on PS4, you may download these rosters right away! If you want more guides to NHL 23 Franchise Mode that include scouting, line chemistry, and everything in-between throughout my Franchise Mode series, be sure to check out my YouTube channel which can be found here! www.youtube.com/data782
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