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Amateur Capology

From Justin Bourne at Puck Daddy:

Amateur capology is at its thickest in the off-season. “$1.7M for Marcel Goc? Why that’s at least $200K too much!” I do it as much as anyone, but I acknowledge that it would sure be nice to see more analysis of how Goc will fit in to the Panthers on-ice roster than their on-paper payroll.

If there are any fans that are going to agree with me on this, it’s those of the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers. The media can and should dissect their off-season acquisitions from a financial standpoint (that’s part of their job) ... but the fans?

Your team was willing to spend some bucks, and because of that you got some better players. Your team is better. Your chances of winning the Stanley Cup are better. Who cares about the price tag if you can afford it?

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Tripwire32's avatar

Who cares about the price tag if you can afford it?

Yeah, I should buy a $6k Yugo for $120k because I can afford it.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 07/21/11 at 06:27 PM ET


What if your team paid more and the team isn’t better and it isn’t going to get any better because you overpaid for scrubs so there is no hope of signing better players in the future? Wouldn’t that affect you as a fan?

See I never cared when big teams spent gobs of their own money, but now every dollar that is earned is their market’s money and every dollar that is spent is everyone’s money.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 07/21/11 at 06:42 PM ET


If the owners justify spending 10% more by increasing ticket prices and concessions by 10% the fans should care.

Posted by Tealtown03 on 07/21/11 at 06:46 PM ET


What really affects you as a fan is when the Leafs/Rangers etc increase their profits by 15% and then you as a fan have to watch your small market team increase payroll by 3% to offset league wide profits.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 07/21/11 at 07:11 PM ET

EDJ's avatar

The writer makes it seem as if salaries didn’t have an effect pre-salary cap. Teams still had budgets back then, and if your team was overloaded with players that underperformed compared to their salaries it was still going to affect the fan. The problems are just exacerbated and exposed by the salary cap, especially for big budget teams and makes new problems for small market teams.

Posted by EDJ on 07/21/11 at 07:36 PM ET


I disagree. Per-player cap number vs value added is of great importance and interest to a lot of fans because it has ripple effects on the type of team that ultimately takes the ice, whether we’re talking about the home team or a competitor.

He’s asking what should fans care if, to borrow his example, the Islanders sign Zherdev for $10 million per? The answer is, that if that’s a long-term signing, the Islanders have shot themselves in the foot and will, in the near future have to sacrifice a more important producer on the altar of Zherdev’s wasted payroll percentage.

Caphits v. value is an important predictive measure.

Consider the cup winners since the lockout: Pitt, Carolina, Detroit, Anaheim, Boston, Chicago.

Those 6 teams had 138 players on their NHL rosters. Of those 138 players, 2 had cap hits that I would argue to be way out of whack vs what they do on the ice (Huet, Campbell).

Compare that to a perennial ‘loser’ like Columbus. Columbus, by itself, has 5 contracts I would consider too much for what the player brings (Wisniewski, Huselius, Brassard, Vermette, and yes, Nash). Smart per-player cap-spending can be a big difference between a winner and a loser.

Posted by steviesteve on 07/21/11 at 08:19 PM ET

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