Quote from: louisstamos on February 03, 2023, 10:09:55 AMFor me - if the NHL is adamant on a hard cap system, there is close to $80 million in unused cap around the league. Have teams be able to trade their unused cap space.
It works threefold - the players like it because that means extra money spent on salaries that is not being used at the moment. Cap ceiling teams can acquire cap in order to make trades/improve their team. Cap floor teams can get assets back for cap space they probably aren't going to use anyway (or cash, but I doubt the NHL would ever allow that).
Using up all that cap space would just mean larger portions of player pay cheques go to escrow. The cap system is set up with the understanding that a number of teams won't hit the ceiling. Total player salaries are still capped at 50% of HRR, regardless of how much cap space is used - and, if all the cap space available was used, it would significantly exceed the 50% ceiling on total player salaries.
It would help the teams in terms of making deals and acquiring assets, but it wouldn't be beneficial to the players' bank accounts.