Alright so I was surfing the net today and came across an interesting little tidbit of information reported on by Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy. According to Chesnokov Anton Babchuk, Alex Burmistrov, Leo Komarov, Sergei Kostitsyn, Alexander Radulov, Ruslan Fedetenko, and Ilya Kovalchuk‘s salaries do not count towards the cap of their respective KHL teams. The reason is in the KHL you are allowed to remove the salary of one player ( a star or franchise player) from your salary cap.
This idea is extremely intriguing to me as a fan of the NHL. This would mean a lot more depth for a lot of teams could you imagine the Pittsburgh Penguins if they could remove Sidney Crosby‘s salary from the cap. This also might be an answer to the incredibly long term contracts that have been surfacing to get around the cap. If they could pay star players more than you would not have to have 10 year contracts.
There are the downsides as well. It completely defeats the purpose of the salary cap in terms of leveling the playing field. Teams with less money won’t be able to afford really talented players.
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