Ask The Capologist

Have a question about the NHL Salary Cap, CBA, or want to know how transactions happen in the NHL? Ask The Capologist! PuckPedia’s Capologist answers your questions and gives you the information you need. Don’t wonder or speculate, ask the Capologist!

Ask Your Own Question

You Asked...

Asked Jun 23, 2019 by Brent
NHL How is the Cap Lower Limit Calculated?

How is the Cap Lower Limit (Floor) calculated?

Jun 23, 2019

The Cap Lower Limit (Floor) and Upper Limit (Cap) are both a function of the mid-point.  The Cap is 15% over the mid-point & the floor is 15% below the mid-point.  When the Cap Upper Limit was announced as $81.5M, the calculation of the floor is:

Upper Limit / 1.15 = Mid Point, and then Mid Point *0.85 = Lower Limit (Floor)

$81,500,000 / 1.15 = $70,869,565. That # * 0.85 = $60,239,130 Floor


Asked Jun 21, 2019 by Robert H
NHL Can a bought out Player be re-signed

Can a team buy put a players contract and the sign him again?

Jun 20, 2019

Once a player is bought out, they cannot sign a contract with the team that bought them out for a calendar year.


Asked Jun 15, 2019 by Deano
NHL Can Buyout Cap Hit be Traded

Can a team trade the salary retained from a previously bought out player?

For example, could the Oilers trade Benoit Pouliot's 2x$1.333 MM to the Panthers for James Reimer?

Jun 15, 2019

No, a buyout Cap Hit is permanent and can never be traded or changed in any way once the player is bought out.


Ask A Question