The cap might go up to $70m or whatever, but that's BEFORE the new CBA. So....cap going up this high does not bode well for a new CBA, IMO....
Players are going to be looking for huge $$$ on the FA market...and maybe some will get that. But how do you think the small market owners are going to like it when someone signs Parise or Suter for $9m per?
Cap is almost certainly not going to be anywhere near this $70-72m when the season begins. If there is one.
That $8M number is if the PA adds that extra kicker to it. And as already mentioned, the cap is tied to revenues, so it's not like they pull these numbers out of a hat.
And as for a possible lockout, I do hope that both the players and owners realize that an extended lockout is going to hurt them both and that they do everything to avoid one. I have serious doubts the NHL could regain the popularity it has now if another season is lost due to a dispute.