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How far does a dollar go in the new NHL?

Updated: September 28, 2006, 10:51 AM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

When you can spend to the upper limit of the salary cap, you can push the envelope.

That's what I did in putting together my $44 million team in the current issue of ESPN The Magazine. I was able to get Ducky with my defense, choosing Anaheim blue-line aces Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. Those two earn a combined salary of $13 million. That's nearly 30 percent of my entire payroll on two players. Just like Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke, I believe those players were well worth it.

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