Get your legal upgrades all the way up so that you can sign players for less. Save the game then release a high paying player into free agency. Immediately negotiate a new contract. With all the upgrades you can get players to take multimillion dollar pay cuts. Make sure you save first; if you go too low on the offer the player may be insulted and not talk to your team anymore.
If you need some extra help at the beginning of your dynasty (the first day), go to free agents. Make sure the best players are at the top are signed. Some of them include Iginla, Luongo, McCabe, and Lemieux.
When making a custom team you normally have a goalie with white pads. To get his team pads, select the purple symbol that looks like a wildcat with a scar across it. After this is done, any goalie from an NHL team (except for free agents or goalies that are under 70) will have colored pads.
-For all European teams in the World Cup of Hockey, all goalies will let in hard wrist shots from either the left or right.
-All Canadian goalies let in a hard slap shot from the point. Set the strategy to "Aggressive" and the defensive strategy to "High Pressure".
-You are more likely to score if you turbo across the front of the net and shoot on the other side.
-Go up the right wing to the hash mark, then turn half way around and one time it. You will score about 90% of the time under the beginner, easy, or medium difficulty settings, and 70% under difficult setting.
-Go behind the net and do a one timer to score all of the time because the goalie goes down and you will always shoot high.
-Go behind the net and wait for someone to go in front of the net. After passing it in front of the net, the goalie will go down. You can shoot it high and score.
-While in possession of the puck, use Open Ice Support to switch players. Have the player without the puck go to the opposite side of the goal. Have the player with the puck pass it to you, and do a one-timer. That should get a goal about 95% of the time. One-Timers are done by pressing SHOOT just before it gets to the player.