It seemed unlikely a few weeks ago.
But the accelerated NHL season is underway.
The trade deadline is just ten weeks away, the playoff picture comes into focus soon after, and before you know it, plenty of teams will be planning for next year.
To keep pace, it pays to know your updated, 2013 edition of the NHL salary cap.
When will your team use its Get-Out-of-Contract-Free cards? (Or "compliance buyouts," as they're called.)
What happens when that overpaid, third-line slug is sent to the minors? What if they trade him?
How quickly will the cap drop in the next couple of years?
The new and improved NHL salary cap has all the answers.
Photo: Is Ilya Bryzgalov on extended audition in Philadelphia? Many believe he's a candidate for a buyout. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images).