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Asked Feb 3, 2021 by Joe R.
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What is Retained Salary?

What does retained salary mean?

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Feb 3, 2021

Teams can retain a portion of a player's salary and cap hit. In the case of the Laine trade, the Jets agreed to retain 26% of both his salary and cap hit. That means Winnipeg is responsible for $1.95M of his $7.5M Salary, and $1.755M of his $6.75M Cap Hit.  Teams often do this to make a player more attractive to trade, since they'll be covering a portion of the salary and cap hit.  The maximum % that can be retained by a team is 50%. 

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