At the beginning of the season, I compared the Barons' payroll to the other teams in their Conference, and we saw that the Barons were spending more than most of their competitors. But as we all know, between injuries, call-ups, demotions, and promotions, there is a lot of roster turnover on AHL. As such, I decided to take another look at what teams are paying their players in the AHL, this time using the Clear Day Roster for each team, which should give a pretty good indication of what the payrolls for various clubs will look like during the playoffs. After the jump, we'll look at what all of the teams in the AHL would be spending if the players on their Clear Day Roster had spent the entire year in the AHL.
How much guys are getting paid isn't exactly the best measure of team quality in any league, and that's particularly true of the AHL where many of the best players are on entry level contracts that are capped at under $70,000 per season (the maximum is $62,500, $65,000, or 67,500 depending on when the player was drafted). Nevertheless, all of these teams are adding veteran AHLers to their mix, and the teams spending the most ought to be getting better quality. The Barons have spent a lot, and with it looking more and more likely that the club is going to miss the playoffs, I'm sure that there will be a lot of disappointment in the front office. After the season ends, I'll be doing another AHL salary analysis that looks more specifically at the money these teams actually spent based on games played, and at that time do an efficiency analysis, but right now, it looks like the Barons aren't getting very good bang for their buck.
For those of you who are curious, I've also broken down the payroll for each team's opening night roster so that you can see where each team is spending most of its money. The charts below are in alphabetical order by city name (the name is in the bottom right-hand corner), and once again, all players highlighted in yellow have had their salary estimated: