NHL Lockout: 6 Teams in Trouble When the Salary Cap Number Is Reduced

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NHL Lockout: 6 Teams in Trouble When the Salary Cap Number Is Reduced
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Hard-shooting Zdeno Chara is scheduled to be the highest paid Bruins player in 2012-13.

The current salary cap for all teams in the NHL is $70.2 million.

When a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is finally signed and put in place, that salary cap is likely to drop dramatically.

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal estimates that the salary cap ceiling will be in the range of $60 million by the time the season begins.

That's a huge blow for players who have signed large contracts that may put them in jeopardy with their current teams. Cuts are going to have to be made and players are going to have to play for less money.

Several teams will be in trouble. They are going to have to make roster alterations. They may have to get rid of high-price players and bring up minimum-salary types from the minor leagues if big-money players are not willing to accept major cuts.

Many teams will face difficulties with a lower salary cap. Here are six teams who could face the most trouble once the new salary cap is implemented.

(All salary cap and salary figures are courtesy of CapGeek.com.)

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