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01-07-2013, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by cheswick View Post
That's exactly correct. Which is one of the reasons the PA fought so hard to increase next years cap. The NHL wanted it to be $60 million. Leaving at 60 would severely limit the opportunities for pending free agents to sign since many teams would already be at $60 million with a few roster spots yet to fill.

So the PA "won" a $64.3 million cap. Such a cap likely increases escrow amounts current contracted players owuld have to give up, but it opens up room for pending free agents to sign under.

Another mechanism introduced to open up cap space is the ability to buy out two players per team without any cap hit. The NHL initially only offered up one buyout.
It's also another example of the PA placing a stronger bet on growth than the League has been willing to place, which goes back to the last CBA negotiation.

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