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by Paul on 07/01/12 at 10:31 AM ET
from Jeremy Rutherord of the St, Louis Post-Dispatch,
Tom Stillman has been owner of the Blues for less than two months, but he acknowledges that the astronomical increase creates issues for his club, which under previous ownership had the eighth-lowest payroll in the league ($54.9 million) last season.
“As the cap keeps going up, it makes it more difficult for a mid-market team to be competitive —that’s kind of stating the obvious,” Stillman said. “You have the revenues of a minority of the markets — the larger markets that are pulling that up because their revenue bases are so large — and yet we’re all subject to that same structure. It just makes it harder for a mid-market team to compete with the Torontos and the Montreals and the Philadelphias.
“I don’t see us being a cap team any time soon, but we definitely can compete — if I thought we couldn’t put a contending team on the ice, I wouldn’t have done this.”
But Sunday, the first day of NHL free agency, will bring the single strongest reminder of the separation between the large markets and the rest of the league. It’s an already thin field of blockbuster free agents this year, but if New Jersey forward Zach Parise and Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter reach unrestricted free-agent status Sunday as expected, one can see several deep-pocket franchises being among the first in line to make a face-to-face pitch for their services.
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