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Suggesting An Adjusted Salary Cap

Created by: Cardiac
Initial Creation Date: Aug. 14, 2022
Published: Aug. 14, 2022
Team: 2022-23 Custom Team
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Taxes. Everybody pays them. Not always fair based on where you live and as some places have more taxes than others. 1 million in Toronto is not the same as 1 million in Nashville. Here is a concept for an adjusted salary cap based on income tax in the respective locations. I think this could be a great thing for the overall evenness of the NHL but there are definitely kinks to it. This is equity that leads to a hypothetical equality yet there is still inequality in terms of the cap with this system as it’s based on income tax which assumes everybody pays the same percentage for income tax. This is simply a concept that demonstrates how some organizations have a monetary advantage simply based on location.

The numbers are determined by the base salary difference and not the differences in signing bonuses. For example, the difference between Nashville and Torontos taxes based on base salary is 12.54% while the difference based on signing bonuses is 14.16%.

LW: the location of the franchise
C: the proposed adjusted salary cap
RW: the proposed adjusted salary floor
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES TooltipBONUSESCAP SPACE
96$999,999,999$5,163,760,771$0$0-$4,163,760,772
Left WingCentreRight Wing
Logo of the Nashville Predators
Josi, Roman
$9,059,000
LD
NMC
UFA - 6
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$82,500,000
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$61,000,000
Logo of the Dallas Stars
Seguin, Tyler
$9,850,000
C, RW
NMC
UFA - 5
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$82,524,750
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$61,018,300
Logo of the Tampa Bay Lightning
Kucherov, Nikita
$9,500,000
RW
NMC
UFA - 5
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$82,665,000
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$61,122,000
Logo of the Florida Panthers
Barkov, Aleksander
$10,000,000
C
NMC
UFA - 8
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$82,665,000
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$61,122,000
Logo of the Vegas Golden Knights
Eichel, Jack
$10,000,000
C
NMC
UFA - 4
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$82,706,250
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$61,152,500
Logo of the Seattle Kraken
Burakovsky, André
$5,500,000
RW, LW
M-NTC
UFA - 5
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$82,772,250
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$61,201,300
Logo of the Colorado Avalanche
Rantanen, Mikko
$9,250,000
RW, C
UFA - 3
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$85,602,000
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$63,293,600
Logo of the Arizona Coyotes
Keller, Clayton
$7,150,000
LW, RW
UFA - 6
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$85,701,000
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$63,366,800
Logo of the Boston Bruins
McAvoy, Charlie
$9,500,000
RD
UFA - 8
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$85,849,500
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$63,476,600
Logo of the Chicago Blackhawks
Kane, Patrick
$10,500,000
RW
NMC
UFA - 1
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$85,866,000
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$63,488,800
Logo of the Detroit Red Wings
Larkin, Dylan
$6,100,000
C
NTC
UFA - 1
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$86,064,000
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$63,635,200
Logo of the Pittsburgh Penguins
Crosby, Sidney
$8,700,000
C
NMC
UFA - 3
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$86,311,500
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$63,818,200
Logo of the Carolina Hurricanes
Aho, Sebastian
$8,460,250
C, LW
UFA - 2
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$86,319,750
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$63,824,300
Logo of the Washington Capitals
Ovechkin, Alex
$9,500,000
LW
M-NTC, NMC
UFA - 4
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$86,493,000
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$63,952,400
Logo of the St. Louis Blues
O'Reilly, Ryan
$7,500,000
C
UFA - 1
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$86,707,500
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$64,111,000
Logo of the Columbus Blue Jackets
Gaudreau, Johnny
$9,750,000
LW
NMC
UFA - 7
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$87,252,000
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$64,513,600
Logo of the Calgary Flames
Monahan, Sean
$6,375,000
C, LW, RW
M-NTC
UFA - 1
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$88,283,250
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$65,276,100
Logo of the Edmonton Oilers
McDavid, Connor
$12,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 4
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$88,283,250
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$65,276,100
Logo of the New York Islanders
Barzal, Mathew
$7,000,000
C
UFA - 1
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$88,588,500
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$65,495,700
Logo of the Buffalo Sabres
Skinner, Jeff
$9,000,000
LW, RW
NMC
UFA - 5
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$88,588,500
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$65,495,700
Logo of the New York Rangers
Panarin, Artemi
$11,642,857
LW
NMC
UFA - 4
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$88,596,750
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$65,501,800
Logo of the Minnesota Wild
Kaprizov, Kirill
$9,000,000
LW
UFA - 4
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$89,405,250
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$66,105,700
Logo of the Vancouver Canucks
Hughes, Quinn
$7,850,000
LD
UFA - 5
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$89,768,250
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$66,374,100
Logo of the New Jersey Devils
Hamilton, Dougie
$9,000,000
RD
NMC
UFA - 6
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$89,974,500
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$66,502,200
Logo of the Philadelphia Flyers
Couturier, Sean
$7,750,000
C
NMC
UFA - 8
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$89,982,750
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$66,508,300
Logo of the Winnipeg Jets
Wheeler, Blake
$8,250,000
RW, C
M-NTC, NMC
UFA - 2
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$90,271,500
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$66,746,200
Logo of the Anaheim Ducks
Klingberg, John
$7,000,000
RD
M-NTC
UFA - 1
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$92,094,750
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$68,088,200
Logo of the Los Angeles Kings
Doughty, Drew
$11,000,000
RD
NMC
UFA - 5
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$92,094,750
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$68,088,200
Logo of the San Jose Sharks
Karlsson, Erik
$11,500,000
RD
NMC
UFA - 5
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$92,094,750
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$68,088,200
Logo of the Montreal Canadiens
Suzuki, Nick
$7,875,000
C
UFA - 8
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$92,672,250
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$68,521,300
Logo of the Ottawa Senators
Tkachuk, Brady
$8,205,714
LW
UFA - 6
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$92,845,500
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$68,649,400
Logo of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthews, Auston
$11,640,250
C
UFA - 2
ADJUSTED, SALARY CAP
$92,845,500
ADJUSTED, SALARY FLOOR
$68,649,400

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Aug. 14, 2022 at 6:32 p.m.
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Are you also accounting for the fact teams in Canada pay American dollars but cost of living is with Canadian dollars?
Aug. 14, 2022 at 6:49 p.m.
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You could also look at the team pays the sum of taxes based on the cap hit. The players pays the lowest tax state percentage to the team
That way the team takes the hit on taxes instead of the player
Toronto collects the taxes from the players based on Nashville tax collection bracket but pays the provincial taxes on that amount to the government.
Aug. 14, 2022 at 6:51 p.m.
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I mean there’s always the option to not live in the city of the team you play for
Aug. 14, 2022 at 6:53 p.m.
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Quoting: NJDevils1317
Are you also accounting for the fact teams in Canada pay American dollars but cost of living is with Canadian dollars?


That is a non factor here. This is solely based on income tax. It is also a double edged sword with cost of living as the Canadian dollar fluctuates in comparison to the American dollar. There are points where the Canadian dollar is .7 the American dollar which is great for the players but when it’s .83 the American dollar, it is worse for the player. It’s a factor for sure but not for this argument as it’s how much the player nets.
Aug. 14, 2022 at 7:02 p.m.
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Quoting: IconicHawk
I mean there’s always the option to not live in the city of the team you play for


Ok? You would have to live in a different state or province to see that real difference in income tax most of the time. The calculator cap friendly has is based on living outside of the city for the cities where it is common for the players to live outside. It says in the description:

“ Residents:
All players are assumed to be residents of their local region
Washington: The majority of Capitals players reside in Virginia (where the practice facility is located) and are therefore considered Virginia residents for state and city taxes
Philadephia: The majority of Flyers players reside in New Jersey (where the practice facility is located) and are therefore considered New Jersey residents for state taxes
New York Islanders: The Islanders practice on Long Island. The players do not live in New York City and therefore are not subject to the NYC city tax rate
New York Rangers: The majority of Rangers players live outside of New York City and therefore by default we do not incorporate the NYC city tax rate”

Sure you could live outside but this calculator is based on the majority.
Aug. 14, 2022 at 8:57 p.m.
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I think you overstate the tax issue. Just don’t think it’s as big a deal as you do but I’m all for the league looking into the ridiculous system they have in place now.
I do think salary cap needs to be adjusted to reflect team revenue.
It’s ridiculous and perverse that Leafs / Habs / Rangers / Bruins (rich teams) etc have to give money to poor teams (revenue sharing) but then they also have the same hard cap as teams that receive revenue sharing. I won’t name the teams that receive revenue sharing (league hides that info) but pretty easy to guess.
If you provide money money to revenue sharing, your cap should go up by some percentage (say 25-50 cents for every dollar you “share”). If you receive money from revenue sharing your cap goes down by same percentage (25-50 cents for every dollar you “take”).
League wants competitive balance - and I agree to an extent…but you can’t penalize teams with huge fan bases to reward teams with small fan bases. Makes no sense.
MLB, EPL, NBA all operate without a hard cap and are more successful. I don’t know enough about how nfl works.
 
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