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11-12-2012, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post
The league is probably asking for 5 so they can move to 7, which is the insurance limit. That's something small market teams worry about a lot more than larger market teams, and affects the kinds of free agents small market teams can attract without taking on a huge level of risk themselves.
Your analysis is pretty reasonable all around it seems. For me, the bolded is the only important statement. If the bolded is accurate, we will be watching hockey in December. That may be the leagues intentions, but to this point, they have done nothing to indicate it. It's a pretty reasonable reason to settle at 7, and thats plenty reasonable for the players considering its an issue that's hardly worth missing a full season over.

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