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05-26-2009, 08:50 PM
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Personally, I think the cap will be the same, or possibly a mil higher. It makes zero sense for the players to not kick in the escalator. They give it back in escrow, but with linkage, we're just redistributing the money the players would get either way.

The biggest loss will be the decline in the CAD, and some sponsorship losses, but no idea yet on how that will turn out. If things start turning around economically by this summer to early fall, the NHL maybe will dodge the bullet.

And yes, the cap is based on this year's actual revenues (which ultimately are audited); with that figure, the NHLPA has the option of adding the 5% kicker by doing nothing to stop it. The league and NHLPA can negotiate a different figure as well.