I have a proposition to make here before we get to much closer to the real bottom feeding portion of the auction. I propose that minimum salary bids not count against the soft cap for the entirety of the auction, no matter when they're made. This will allow guys to put in minimum salary bids without preferencing one GM over another and allow people to best use their cap flex. I see no reason why someone who's already maxed out should get the benefit of offering min deals without reference to the cap, while players who have been more circumspect, or are waiting for another player, cannot make the same bid.
Essentially, we don't count any 250K bids against open cap space until the auction is complete.