Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/27/06 at 03:00 PM ET
The Answerman returns to ponder all matters contractual, including this week's most discussed topic - the penalty for exceeding the NHL's salary cap, if a team were of a mind to do so. Q: All summer long, I saw one team after another dole out generous, long-term contracts to the same players they went to war with less than 18 months before — mostly over money, as I recall. With all those dollars being tossed around, surely a handful of clubs will be hard-pressed to shoehorn their 23-man line-ups under the new $44 million salary cap, right? A: No question about it and the poster boys for the new profligacy are the New Jersey Devils, one of the teams that operated most efficiently under the old CBA. Currently, the Devils have salary-cap commitments that already exceed the $44 million limit and still have a trio of key contributors (Brian Gionta, David Hale and Paul Martin) to get under contract.continued
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