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06-12-2011, 01:48 PM
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Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by HarlemsFinest View Post
cap going up is an illusion. it's just inflation. it goes up and up, but everyone's new contracts just go up by at least the same percentage. it doesn't actually give you room to sign new people. other than your average scrubs.
New contracts go up but your old ones get devalued. Thus space opens up every year for teams that locked up a bunch of players long term like the habs have with their top4 forwards.

Also team revenue is rising unevenly and biased towards the top teams. Thus the wealthiest teams like Montreal gain a competitive advantage as the rising cap forces more teams to be unable to spend to the cap. For the first time ever the Habs will have the benefits of being a wealthy franchise in a free agency enviroment. They were poor during the 93-04 era and in the years right after the lockout the cap was to low to exploit their comparative wealth.

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