The salary cap has risen by an average of $3.2 million per team since last season, according to a report from SportsBusiness Journal.
That means the average salary cap hit for a new GM has increased by more than $2.6 million.
This figure is even higher when you factor in all the free agents and salary cap savings.
This isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of GMs, but it is an indication of the strength of the salary cap, which has been increasing year-on-year since the beginning of the new CBA.
That said, the salary crunch is going to be more severe next year.
Here’s a look at the most significant moves since last year: New GMs in bold: *GMs that have the most cap relief since last offseason: -Jason Botterill, Detroit Red Wings: $5.8 million (7th highest), $1.8 to $3 million (2nd) -Matt Cooke, Columbus Blue Jackets: $2 million (15th highest) -Bryan Rust, Columbus Pirates: $1 million (21st highest) *GM’s that have had the most turnover: -Bobby Ryan, Tampa Bay Lightning: $6 million (5th highest, $1 to $5 million) -Mark Hunter, Tampa Sharks: $3,000,000 (1st), $2,500,000 to $4,000.5 million (4th) -Doug Wilson, Minnesota Wild: $4.5 to $6.5 mil (10th highest,) $2 to $7.5mil (9th) *Other GMs that GMs have made significant moves to fill salary cap holes: -Patrick Roy, Tampa Penguins: $10.3 million to $12.7 million (6th highest salary), $3 to $11 million (3rd) -Bob Murray, Edmonton Oilers: $7 million to a franchise-record $20 million (13th highest).
-Brett Hull, Tampa Wings: More than $7 mil (3nd highest), More than 2.7 mil to $10 million (1.6st) -Patrick Maroon, New York Islanders: $8.7 to $9.3 mil (9,3rd highest)