Lets be honest when it comes to the NHL fans in the salary cap era....
For every fan that doesn't get the system and doesn't care to follow the numbers closely, there is the opposite hardcore fan that could walk into an NHL office and do a good job of assisting the "capologist" in the following the numbers and the impact of contracts on the rosters. You may not believe that, but I believe those people are out there.
With the game this day and age under a salary cap, it is almost a full-time job to follow the numbers!
Click the link to read the release from NHL.COM about the numbers for 2008-2009