Could the NHL have a Flexible Cap?

In this week’s 31 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman noted that there was an interesting proposal put forward for dealing with the cap. One team suggested that they adopt a “flex cap”, where unused cap space could be rolled over into the following season.
My initial reaction was that this was a terrible idea, for many reasons. To be fair though, there is something that already exists along these lines in the CBA. That would be the performance bonus cushion, a mechanism which allows teams to spend over the cap using performance bonuses. If a team uses the cushion and goes over the cap, a penalty is applied to their cap space the following season.
If you choose to look at it that way, performance bonuses are a way to “borrow” money from the following season, and this would be the inverse of that. That being said the “flex cap” is still the inverse of a good idea, a bad one.
What Problems does a Flexible Cap solve?
The current cap system has two main purposes; increase parity and limit player compensation. Is there anything about a flexible cap that improves on the current system? …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Pregame #48: 5 Things to Watch for against the Flames

The Leafs picked up a much needed win against noted win donors the New Jersey Devils the other night, but face a bit more a legitimate challenge tonight in the Calgary Flames. I mean, not really all that legitimate, they are decent by Pacific Division standards and Lucic in their lineup, but still the difficulty level is going up a little.
The Leafs are in a win/win situation in that if they beat the Flames they get two points, but if they lose they put the Oilers and Canucks in a worse position. I think it’s important that we appreciate the silver linings regardless of the outcome.
LINEUPS

LW
C
RW
Forwards
ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 74.5#32 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.6#3 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 78.9#5 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.66#5 FL1

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 73.8#44 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 78.5#15 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 76.1#19 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.12#8 FL2

ANDREAS JOHNSSON
Rating: 72.7#68 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 71.9#106 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 73.1#52 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.55#7 FL3

DMYTRO TIMASHOV
Rating: 71.4#91 LW

ADAM BROOKS
Rating: 72.0#105 C

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 70.2#113 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.21#13 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Defense
TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 72.6#69 LD

JUSTIN …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Should the Toronto Raptors keep Fred VanVleet at any cost?

Bobby Marks recently noted that Fred VanVleet could earn $25-$30 million this offseason. If he receives that figure, should the Toronto Raptors match? When negotiating in free agency, every front office must set a hard-line. There’s a point when you must cease negotiations and walk away from the table. There’s a number that’s just too […]
Should the Toronto Raptors keep Fred VanVleet at any cost? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ