Basically if attendance is down teams are just going to be looking to dump players at the trade deadline. I mean we don't lose anything by having the Rucchins and Rucinsky's but there's no market for them either.
Maybe I'm misunderstanding the CBA, but I disagree. If you can get Rucchin for the stretch run and only like $800K of his salary counts against your cap number, he becomes much more compelling than he is right now at a bloated $2.261MM for the whole season. In addition, the fact that he goes away in the summer and doesn't hurt you in regards to your next year's cap -especially in the case of a declining cap- is also attractive.
Conversely, guys on 3-5 year deals in a declining cap environment lose value and therefore become cheaper for our beloved Rangers to acquire just like we're getting a good deal on Rucchin right now (AHL enforcer plus a #4) because he's expensive at $2.261MM and most contending teams have already spent their way up close to the cap.
All that being said, none of us should be rooting too hard for the cap to fall, 'cause that'll mean that the sport isn't doing well.