Just going through the disclosed salaries on TSN.com and have come up with about $886 million in player salaries. Add in about $60 million for player benefits and you have a grand total of $946 million. With that figure player costs would be 55.6% of the $1.7 billion revenue projections. This player cost figure also has not taken into account unsigned RFA's and undisclosed contracts. With these added in the player costs could easily reach $1 billion this season. Yes I know that there is an escrow account and that the 54% figure will be achieved. The purpose of this post is to show how GM's still cannot keep there spending under control. Even in the new era NHL.