BZK you feel the best solution in pro sports is for Buffalo to lose up both of its teams?
You could say the same about any city that currently has or could conceivably want a major franchise and it's not much of a point because cities will always either lose or not get a major franchise. There's not much difference in that regard between supporting retraction/relocation or not supporting expansion.
I doubt retraction, however, is the best solution for the NHL.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Change is clearly afoot in the NHL.
It was only a year ago that the salary cap appeared to have killed the trade market. Impact players were available during the off-season, but there simply weren't any teams willing or able to take on the contracts.
That ceased being the case during an interesting few days at the NHL draft.
With the 2011-12 salary cap getting bumped by another US$5 million -- bringing the floor up along with it -- the trade market came alive and saw players once thought to be unmovable getting shipped around. It could also have an affect on how free agency plays out this week.
"It's an unusual landscape right now," Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney said Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. "Quite frankly, I'm not sure what's going to happen July 1. It might just go berserk and the people who have money just blow their brains out."
There are 18 teams currently sitting below the cap floor, according to capgeek.com, although a number of them will move above it once they sign the restricted free agents on their roster.
Even still, there is clearly the need for some to take on payroll. Campbell's deal still has five years remaining on it and would have been virtually untradeable prior to now. With the market shifting, could the likes of Wade Redden, Jeff Finger or Sheldon Souray find NHL homes after being buried in the minors?
It's not unthinkable.
After a couple seasons where trades seemed near impossible to make because of salary cap constraints, teams seem to be finding more common ground. Enough are looking to gain flexibility by unloading big-ticket assets (Calgary, Chicago) while others are more than willing to take on the talent.
Some teams have found success in the salary cap era by getting their top players to take slightly less money, forcing everyone else to fall in line on an internal scale. The Vancouver Canucks are a good example of that with twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin leading the way at a reasonable cap hit of $6.1 million. It should result in more loyalty.
"We feel that we have a covenant with these players in a sense that if they're willing to take less money to play in our organization we agree that we're going to keep them," said Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman. "Having said that, things change. Sometimes they change from the players' perspective as well as the team's.
"Coaches change, sometimes philosophy's change and when a player and a team make a deal at one point in time it may be different two, three, four, five years later. It's a very fluid business."