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Spezza, Murray, Poile And The Salary Cap Talk

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Multiple choice: James Neal and Scott Hartnell, a) both had dreadful playoff series against the Rangers; b) both were traded this week; c) both of the above.

- So what point, exactly, was Ottawa GM Bryan Murray trying to make when he negotiated a deal that would have sent Jason Spezza to the Predators even though the center had Nashville on his no-trade list?

- Nashville GM David Poile, who acquired Neal on Friday, seemed miffed at Spezza, who has asked out of Ottawa with one year remaining on his contract, but his annoyance was misplaced.

- The insidious nature — or, on the other side, the genius — of a hard-cap system was on display Thursday night and Friday afternoon when the NHLPA voted against including the new Canadian television contract as revenue for purposes of calculating the 2014-15 cap.

The players, concerned about escrow that might have increased by 3 percent if the cap had gone to the projected $71 million, instead authorized a cap of $69 million that will create a significant squeeze on a significant number of the league’s most successful clubs and will cost players jobs on those teams and eliminate those teams as potential destinations when the market opens on Tuesday.

more plus some Garth Snow and New York Rangers talk...

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d ca's avatar

NHLPA is being smart. The stadium series and Winter Classic at the large seat Big House pulled revenue up beyond the expected growth of next year where the Olympics won’t be promoted with multiple outdoor games (where the NHL charges a premium for tickets and gets huge sponsor support).

So they booked the revenue in next year’s cap calculation.

In addition, cap compliance buyouts are still available to teams this summer so those players “losing their jobs” will in fact be getting 2/3 of their remaining contracts AND be able to sign with different teams.

Posted by d ca on 06/28/14 at 10:23 PM ET

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