Before the free agent bonanza started alot of people said there was no way that GM's would sign players to big contracts because of the cap. Now here we are just 2 weeks later and after a rash of big dollar signings 4 or 5 teams are pushing the upper limits of the cap. I find it funny that when you point it out to the fans of these teams they act like you are attacking them personally and rush to the defense of their teams GM. You also have people saying "Why do you care about what my team does, worry about your own". Well in the new NHL what one team does will affect the rest. Don't forget the league-wide payroll is what is the issue. If the league goes over the 54% the teams at the cap limit will be the most to blame. This will cause players on other teams to lose money via the escrow account. Why should a player on the Washington Capitals have money taken away just because Clarke wanted to sign Forsberg? I have nothing personal against any of these teams. But I do think the GM's are being very careless with the way they are spending. If my favorite hockey team had only 14 players signed and only $6 million left to sign the rest I would be upset at the GM. We really won't know for a while if the strategy being used by these free spending GM's will work or not. But people have to step back and try to take an good look at what their teams are doing.