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If, as expected, the cap rises by more than $10-million here within about 18 months, there are going to be a lot of teams flush with cash, especially considering how many high profile players are locked up on long-term deals already.

-James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,  Read on to find out why...

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Primis's avatar

What that means is, since most of the real good players are locked in, there is going to be some gross overpaying of epic proportions for mediocre players.  This upcoming FA class is not good, and they’re still going to get theirs anyways if everyone knows this is on the horizon.  And I don’t think the class after that is slated to be so hot either, and they’ll do even better.

Remember when Marty Lapointe got his fat contract as a FA?  And how that was considered a prime example before the first lockout of how things needed to come back under control, because bottom six guys shouldn’t make $4m/yr?

That’s going to happen again.  The cap won’t have fixed or stopped it.  It wouldn’t if the Cap only went up a few million.  But if it’s jumping THAT much, oh boy…

This last cap drop is going to, in retrospect, be a terrible, awful thing for the league.  It forced teams to do other things with unintended consequences down the road.  Don’t even be surprised if a couple of recently-retired players “unretire” this next season to get in on some of that…

Posted by Primis on 11/27/13 at 12:22 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Go to a soft cap or get rid of it.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 11/27/13 at 12:50 PM ET

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