"Dude, we need more cap space."

Earlier today Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy wrote a post on an interesting part of the proposed CBA, which would allow teams to trade their unused cap space (up to four million dollars worth, anyway) to teams in need of it. (The info was first reported by Larry Brooks and John Shannon.)

As Greg noted, the concept is actually rather appealing if teams get back picks or prospects in return. A salary floor team could trade some of it’s cap space they aren’t using anyway, and improve their team in the long run. As an Isles fan, I’d say “Yes please” to that.

However, if the swap is cap space for cash, it would feel a little unseemly, a stark reminder that “Oh yeah, teams are businesses.” I don’t want to think that. I want to think my team is working towards WINNING AT ALL COSTS and nothing more. If I can pretend that’s the case while rooting for NYI, then anyone can buy into that idea.

My take on the proposal takes me back to what my mom once told me: “Money doesn’t solve problems for people with money problems.”

Which is to say, if the Calgary Flames are jammed up against the salary cap and trade for space, it’s only a matter of time before they find themselves wedged up against their new cap ceiling. I’m terrible at saving money the same way that some GMs will always spend as much as they’re given. OH LOOK VILLE LEINO’S AVAILABLE HERE’S ALL TEH MONIES.

Where I could see teams utilizing the opportunity best is at the trade deadline. Teams that look like they could make a legitimate Stanley Cup run could trade for some room, add another piece, and be better than the were the day before without touching their roster.

As they negotiate this new deal down to it’s final resting point, you have to believe this option is going to be left in – who wants to get rid of it, the small market teams who get something for nothing, or the large market teams who suddenly have a new option to improve their team?

Exactly. Neither. So “trading cap space.” Welcome to the NHL.