NHLPA Votes in favor 98%, officially ratifies the CBA. Now all that's left is some type of memorandum between the two parities (should be done shortly), and after that trades etc can commence within 2 hrs. Could be a fun night.
i'm trying to figure out the ramifications of the fact that teams can "retain salaries in trades" or whatever, ie whether it's a good thing or bad thing, and how/if wealthy teams can exploit it.
all i can come up with is that wealthy teams that are rebuilding can turn excess cap space/$ into assets.
but rich teams that are close to ceiling already... ie the pens main competition... can they exploit this somehow?
it mostly allows rich teams to rebuild faster and get rid of players they don't want if they are willing to eat some cap space. But they have to use the cap space to do it, so its not just money it does handicap them competitively. Otherwise, it just allows teams willing to give up extra assets to really sell out to try to win right now, but not just the rich teams.