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04-10-2009, 03:40 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: South Philly/SoCal
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The players definitely give back some of their money from the escrow account, because the owners are entitled to their share of the revenue. However, I don't think that helps the team with a player's cap hit in any way.
So, if the cap drops and a team is over they basically have to trade more expensive players away for picks or lower cost players until they are once again under the cap. Once a contract is signed the cap hit, is the cap hit. It can't be changed.
Expect the salary cap to drop before the 2010-2011 season. With that in mind I don't think that there will be much of a market for Briere this off season, unless the Flyers really sweeten the deal. Then you have to get Briere to agree to the trade as well due to his NTC.
Players that most teams would be interested in are Richards, Gagne, and Carter. Lupul may garner some interest, but he is overpaid too.
It's going to be fun watching the big spenders try to get themselves out of cap hell. On the bright side for the Flyers, at least you have some high priced guys that other teams want and would give up some good prospects or high picks for in a trade. You could be the Rangers. Outside of Lundqvist no team wants any of their high priced players.
I seriously doubt this happens. There is no way that the league will be able to force teams to trade stars for nothing. This is why it is INSANE to have guaranteed contracts with a hard cap (or vice versa).
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