The true market for Brad Richards
CapGeek investigates the cap ramifications for moving Richards and four other stars
In the days before the NHL lockout, being an armchair general manager was a lot easier.
Back then, when the pesky salary cap wasn't around to complicate matters, fans could slap together just about any reasonable hockey deal and make a compelling argument for why it was the right move for their team.
But those days are long gone. With more than half the league projected to finish the season within $1.5 million or so of the cap, every rumored trade must go through a financial litmus test before an on-ice assessment can be made.
It's fun to dream about Brad Richards throwing on your team's jersey for the stretch run -- perhaps for as little as a prospect and some draft picks -- but will the cap allow it to happen? If it can happen, is it worth it?
Without further ado, we break down some of the most talked-about trade rumors -- not necessarily the most valid -- from a cap perspective.
Please note: Teams "bank" cap space every day they are under the cap. This means many teams will have significantly more cap space to acquire a player at the deadline on Feb. 27 than they do today.
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