While 45 million might be much higher then the NHLâ€™s salary cap proposal, it covers the majority of teams(based on 2003-2004 team salaries ) 45 million is the mean average(rounded up) for 2003-2004 Site 18 out of 30 NHL teams (60%) were under the 45 million mark last season. None of the players on the teams under the salary cap would need a rollback in their pay. The players on the 18 teams could actually see a pay increase because there is some manoeuvring room with those teams. The Vancouver Canucks(13th in salary) had a salary of $42,074,500, under a 45 million cap they could spend an additional $2,925,500 on their players to reach the maximum. Boston is just barely over the cap at $46,569,000 and would have to cut $1,369,000 of salary to make the cap. The teams that were 1-7 in highest salaries would need some major renovations in order to achieve the 45 million cap. Detroit, being the highest salary at $77,856,100 would have to cut $32,856,100 to reach the cap. Another way of looking at it is the $32 million salary cut is more money then the bottom 6 teams salaries are. Here is a question: How can the teams far over the cap cut that much pay without voiding all of there existing contracts? The players were willing to take 24% rollback in their offer, the high teams would have to cut up-to 42% of their current salaries. Does anyone have ideas on how the top salary teams would make any cap? 45 million might still be too steep for teams such as Nashville (30th, last in salary) $21,932,500, to fairly compete for players from the higher salary teams. Not all of the top paid players will have their pay garnished under a 45 million cap. Take for instance Alexie Yashin of the Islanders and Jarome Iginla of the Flames. The top 25 players can not expect to keep their current salaries under a cap of 45 million, the average salary will eventually drop over time. Teams slightly over the 45 million cap from the Los Angeles Kings to the Boston Bruins(5) will have an easier time reaching the 45 million cap. That makes 23/30(76%) teams that can accept a salary cap with little concessions. If the top teams canâ€™t or arenâ€™t able to live under a cap, then a 23 team NHL league will have to do until the contracts run out for the other 7 teams.