Before the 2009-10 season officially ends and free agency begins, I decided to put together a team of my own under the current $56.8 million salary cap. The monetary value following each player is their 2010 salary cap hit.
For those of you not familiar with the “cap hit,” it is an average of the current contract a player is signed to. The cap hit is what is counted against each team’s salary cap, not that current season’s salary.
I went with the 2010 salary cap hit for each player. I obviously could not go with the 2011 cap hit, because some players do not yet have a home for the 2011 season.
Some of you may have already realized it, but I put a few players still in their rookie contracts on my team—this lowers the overall cap hit. I wasn’t trying to cheat and get as many quality rookies on my team for the lowest price, but then again, it’s my team. Deal with it.
It’s much easier to put a team together when dealing with just a single year, as opposed to the lifetime of a contract; I will acknowledge that.
I used $53.148 million of a possible $56.8 million on my team and attempted to balance the team in a somewhat realistic manner—I don’t have Sidney Crosby playing on my fourth line.
Without any further ado, here is the team I would put together with the current salary cap in place.