The argument could be made that Byfuglien had played his way into Chicago's core and they moved him.
Chicago had so much more talent than Edmonton has now. Their 7 most core guys got saved (Toews, Kane, Sharp, Hossa, Keith, Seabrook, Bolland) but their amazing depth got gutted (Buff, Ladd, Veersteg, Campbell and so on).
Edmonton has a smaller core and should be able to hold onto it but they don't have the high quality depth to lose in the first place.
The only team that will definitely be in cap trouble next offseason is Vancouver should they not move one of Luongo or Schneider. Maybe Chicago and maybe San Jose. Everyone else is looking pretty good despite the cap coming down. NHL GMs did a great job at keeping the expiring CBA in the back of their head when constructing the cap and individual deals of their respective clubs.
Last edited by The Leviathan: 02-04-2013 at 06:02 PM.