Due to inflation, the salary cap will constantly rise as long as:
1: The eceonomy doesn't collapse.
2: The NHL doesn't loose his influence in the American market.
I think it'll be back up to 70 mill by the time the 15-16 season rolls around. Yes, they cut back the cap for 2 years, but you need to consider the fact that the NHL isn't losing revenue by cutting the cap back. When you think of inflation and how marketable this playoffs has been it's win/win for the players and the NHL when it comes to the salary cap for the 14-15 season.
With the Canadian dollar being allowed to drop like a stone by the Canadian central bank policy I wonder just how much the cap really will increase in future years. A disproportionate amount of NHL revenues come from Canada and I don't think what appears to be a return of the Canadian peso is a good thing for the NHL.
Time to start poaching again, MacT. The only problem here, is the 2015 draft. That's all we have left to offer, besides the kids who we're not trading. I'd rather hold onto some of those draft picks TBH.