Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/16/05 at 08:44 AM ET
...Gary Bettman told the league's governors in Arizona that the salary cap was expected to rise as high as $45 million for next season. If it happens, it would be a $6 million (all figures U.S.) per team increase from this season. Even more important, perhaps, the maximum salary would rise to $9 million from $7.8 million. All of this means, ladies and gentlemen, that the "level playing field" supposedly created by the institution of the cap system just became skewed once again in favour of the league's richest teams. Tilt. Ostensibly, this is good news for the NHL because it means business is, in relative terms, good, although the improved Canadian dollar did a great deal to help the balance sheet look rosier.more
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