The probability of the cap going up a lot with this new CBA is going to continue harming small market teams from competing. I don't see how sustainable it can be for a club with a small fan club such as the Panthers or Ducks to compete against teams like the Leafs or Rangers when revenue won't be coming in as big and quickly. I hope there is a mechanism in place to help out the struggling franchises because if there isn't there will be many more relocating franchises or contractions.
The buyout clause could benefit small market teams but I see it more as a advantage for the big market teams who sign those ridiculously big contracts and then try to bury it under the rug. This way teams like the Rangers who have Redden buried in the minors or the Hawks who will try to buyout Olesz without sacrificing cap space.
I'm glad that hockey is back but there are some serious questions marks still remaining with this new CBA and the owners or players could still reject it when it comes to voting for it.
With all that cap, if Murray doesn't get Perry and Getzlaf signed soon we could lose one or both of them...
I was really hoping the cap would come down to where Anaheim would be in a good position to compete. With the second buyout exception, and the high cap, it's going to be a long hard road for the Ducks unless Samueli is willing to stomach some losses (short term of course).