Riddle: we're talking salary caps and Olympic teams. What does $71.166 million represent? A: see below.
If you're interested in hockey and love the Olympic Teams, well, bear in mind that they are completely impossible to build in the regular NHL. Considering that some teams have upwards of four or five Olympians on their roster is impressive.
Here is why, according to research performed by Fear the Fin. The current NHL salary cap is at $56.8 million.
Slovakia's roster (including 12 NHLers) is at $43.475 million (cap space $13.325 to go)
Czech Republic (includes 16 NHLers) is at $54.841 million (cap space $1.958 to go)
- this doesn't include Jagr's $10 million KHL contract
These teams stayed under the cap - following are the impossible teams of cap busters:
Finland (includes 18 NHLers) - $60 million ($4 million over the cap)
Russia (includes only 14 NHLers, they've opted to use many KHLers, too) - $66.418 million (9 million over the cap)
Sweden (includes 19 NHLers) - $71.76 million (almost $15 million over the cap)
USA (23 NHLers) - $85.212 million ($28.412 million over the cap)
The Big One: Team Canada
23 big-name NHLers getting big money will be worth almost $128 million dollars, easily costing more than two NHL teams, and still be over the cap. And the answer to the riddle at the beginning: $71.166 million is how much Team Canada busts the cap.
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