You are an NHL GM. You've got a bunch UFAs and RFAs you want to keep, plus you've already got a ton of money tied up in players for next season. So you've got 12 Million to play with. You sign all of your UFAs and most of you're RFA's, but now you've only got $400,000 left and your RFA is a 25-year-old kid who just scored 28 goals and 30 assists. What happens? Not even getting into qualifying offers. Is that guy still a restricted free agent if you can't sign him? I guess it comes down to qualifying offers. However that may work. But what if you've already met the qualifying offer (he was already making $400,000 a year and you don't have to give him a 10 percent raise under the new CBA) Is he stuck with you? I mean, he can simply stay home, I guess. But if you can't go over, you can't go over right? I'll tell you what. It's gonna take YEARS for the markets to adjust to the new CBA if there is a hard cap. Years. The first few years are going to be interesting.