Capped: How to prepare for the future in cap leagues

Alexander MacLean

2020-03-19

Well, a lot has happened in the last week with regards to the world coming to a halt in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. I know this isn't where you come to get updates on the state of things, or my opinion on how things should be handled. All I'll ask is that you wash your hands (a lot), and distance yourselves from social settings to the best of your abilities over the next while.

What we don't need to distance ourselves from, is hockey talk, and though we could all use a complete break from coronavirus discussion, we'll save that for next week. For now, it makes sense to go through some of the fallout that we will see and how to prepare in cap leagues.

 

End of Season

Salary cap leagues, like all fantasy leagues, were cut short by the notice of the NHL suspension. The big man himself had some words for you on how to handle a few of the situations across various leagues, with some of the other DobberHockey writers over the last week putting out their thoughts on what to do with fantasy leagues in the interim.

Building on the general idea of what Dobber and the others have said. My general thought is that we may see some kind of makeshift end to the regular season, so don't rush to wrap up your fantasy seasons just yet, they are on pause just like the NHL. Should things not end up unpausing, then I feel for all of you that were robbed of the chance at a title; I'm right there with you. Depending on the feel of your fantasy league, there are many different options for trying to crown a winner without just taking the regular season standings at face value from the time of the pause. A few interesting ideas have been discussed here in the forums.

 

Salary Cap

The salary cap for next season is going to be a very interesting topic, as the NHL has lost out on revenue from 189 games (approximately 15% of the season), plus whatever revenue the playoffs bring in (in other words, a massive amount). The projected Hockey Related Revenue for the next season is directly related to the NHL cap for that same upcoming season. With a sizeable chunk of lost revenue from this season, it is possible that the repercussions are felt on next season's cap number. Escrow will likely mean that the players feel the repercussions just as much as the owners, and could mean in order to make up for it, they try to use their escalator percentage more on future cap numbers to bump their ability to sign bigger contracts.

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