Economy Making Deals Difficult
There’s no doubt that limitations caused by the salary cap have caused a decrease in the number of trades made across the NHL. Add a sluggish economy to the mix, and it’s no wonder why there hasn’t been a lot of movement across the league so far this season.
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The issues is that, in addition to some teams not being able to add to their payroll according to the salary cap rules, more and more teams aren’t able to add salary according to their own budgetary constraints.
According to GM Jim Rutherford, that’s been a factor in why he hasn’t yet moved one of his extra defensemen, something he’s been interested in doing since before training camp began in order to lower his expenses.
”The fact of the matter is that other teams are trying to do the same things in trying to manage their business and cut their payrolls a little bit,” said
The recent situation with
“Us putting him on waivers was trying to free up a contract,” said
The extra players on the roster can be useful, as the Canes found out recently when injuries hit their defense and extra players quickly found themselves in game action (Melichar has played in 10 games this season). However, the current landscape seems to be making that depth a luxury that teams can’t afford.
”It’s not like there’s guys in this eight that we don’t like and we think can’t help the team,” said
Since claiming a player on waivers or trading players for draft picks is purely a salary add, player-for-player trades where the incoming salary is offset by the departing player actually seem to be a more workable route.