How do suspensions affect the cap?
The salary of a player suspended for an on-ice incident continues to count against a team's cap. This was confirmed in September 2011 by Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer, to BroadStreetHockey.com, clarifying a common misinterpretation of what is written in Exhibit 8 of the CBA in Section 5, P. 270, and in Section 50.10-c, P. 226.
Although the CBA says salary and bonuses that are not paid to suspended players do not count against the cap, Daly clarified that the forfeited salary is still paid, albeit to the Emergency Assistant Fund. "By agreement of the NHL and NHLPA, the player's full salary continues to count against the team's cap," Daly told the website.
Please note that CapGeek.com's archive inaccurately reflects the impact of suspensions on the cap for 2009-10 and 2010-11. Suspensions are correctly accounted for in 2011-12 and beyond.
Suspensions for violations of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program are treated differently. They initially do not count against the cap, but during the final 10 days, 60 percent of the player's cap hit is applied toward the club's Averaged Club Salary. This was reported by Elliotte Friedman of CBC/Sportsnet Hockey Night in Canada in an article published Nov. 15, 2014.