Last modified: March 2, 2018 at 8:43 am

What counts against the cap?

  • Players who have been on the Active Roster. Some may be inactive now but the time spent on the Active Roster is used to calculate the prorated cap hit.
  • Players on IR and Long Term IR.
  • Buyouts
  • Retired players with contracts signed when aged 35 or over
  • Bonuses count against the cap if met. If the bonuses are met and pushes the team’s Cap Hit over the upper limit, the overage is added on to the following year’s Cap Hit.
  • All Bonuses are included in the Cap Hit calculation to illustrate the “worst-case” scenario for the team. If the bonuses aren’t met, the player’s Cap Hit will actually be lower. Therefore the current Cap Hit that you see may not be accurate.

How do I read the Team Overviews?

  • Age = Player’s age as of June 30 prior to the start of the current season
  • Cap Number = Total amount of salary for the current contract plus bonuses divided by contract length (for old contracts signed before the new CBA, only salary, bonuses and length is considered from 05/06 and on)
  • Total Days = The estimated amount of days spent on the active roster (estimated maximum amount is 186 for 14/15 season)
  • Actual Cap Hit = ‘Cap Number’ multiplied by ‘Total Days’ divided by the maximum Total Days
  • Ext = New cap number that takes effect in the following season for players who’ve signed extensions
  • Total Cap Hit = The sum of all individual cap hits (scroll up to see what counts)
  • Bonus Cushion = Total amount of the current season’s Bonuses (a team can go over the Cap limit by this amount up to a maximum of 7.5% of the Cap limit)
  • LTIR Replacement = The amount a team can go over the Cap limit due to the cap hits of players who are replacing a player or players on LTIR
  • Cap Space = Cap limit (which is $69 million in 14/15) plus the Bonus Cushion and LTIR Replacement amounts minus the team’s Total Cap Hit
  • Average Age = Weighted average age of team based on active days of all players
  • Estimated Cap Hit = Sum of individual cap hits based on players who were on the active roster for more than half the year
  • Estimated Payroll = Sum of individual yearly salaries based on players who were on the active roster for more than half the year
  • Players Signed = Amount of players who were on the active roster for more than half the year

Salary Status

  • UFA = unrestricted free agent
  • RFA = restricted free agent

How come some teams are over the cap?

Some teams are over the Cap limit of $64.3 million (for 13/14 season) but still have Cap Space. This is possible for a few reasons:

  • The LTIR Replacement amount allows teams to go over the Cap limit.
  • The Bonus Cushion which is the total amount of Performance Bonuses for a team during a particular season. At the end of the season, if the team did indeed go over the Cap limit of $64.3 million due to bonuses that were achieved, the overage gets tacked on to next year’s Total Cap Hit.