This year, ticket prices will be hiked in Montreal so the team can spend up to (or close to) the cap without a deficit. Obviously if other teams also hike their ticket prices, the cap would rise next year again because of higher league wide gate revenues. My question is this : are we entering some sort of vicious cycle ? Each year, teams hike prices to afford to spend to the cap yet raise the salary cap for the following year. And how much more can ticket prices be raised before the NHL starts alienating it's fanbase ? And finally, is there a possibility for the bigger market teams to raise the ticket prices and the cap to a level high enough that some teams couldn't afford the league minimum ?