When the NHLPA responds to the NHL's most recent CBA proposal on Wednesday, it will be interesting to see how it handles the issue of the salary cap.
The league has proposed a salary cap reduction of just over $12 million for the coming 2012-13 season, down from $70.2 million to $58 million. The cap would rise to $60 million in Year 2 of the league's proposed six-year CBA and ultimately is projected to reach $71.1 million in the final year of the deal, 2016-17.
But one note of utmost importance: The league did not propose a rollback in current player salaries, a move that would leave 18 teams above -- in some cases far above -- the new salary cap that would go into effect immediately upon ratification of this proposed CBA. Without a salary rollback, how would those teams get back under the cap?
Some teams have built in solutions, but even then, shedding up to $10 million in salary cap dollars is not an easy task without utterly decimating your roster. The NHLPA will likely address this in its response on Wednesday, but exactly how it does that will be interesting. Yahoo!'s Puck Daddy ran through the options, from the seemingly obvious suggestion of amnesty buyouts to the intriguing if not insane suggestion of a dispersal draft.
It will be interesting to see exactly what road the NHLPA wanders down on this particular issue.