Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/26/05 at 01:22 PM ET
Teams will find it a lot harder to go out and buy the Stanley Cup. Fans were accustomed to teams loading up with high-priced talent at the trade deadline. We all remember how last year general manager John Ferguson went to ownership and asked for money prior to the trade deadline to take a run at winning the Cup. He went out and traded for Brian Leetch and Ron Francis but making deals like that will be next to impossible. With a $39 million cap, look for big-spending teams like the Maple Leafs, Red Wings and Flyers to commit to about $36 million in salary at the start of the season, giving them some wiggle room at the trade deadline if the player or players they need to take a run at winning the Stanley Cup are available. And at the other end of the economic spectrum, look for so-called small market clubs like Nashville, Florida, Pittsburgh and Phoenix to land somewhere in the middle of the salary grid. If Nashville has a salary total higher than $28.6 million, for example, that would eliminate the Predators from the second tier of the league's profit-sharing plan where the 10 most profitable clubs give money to subsidize the lowest 15.
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