Building the NHL around your stable markets and your strong areas's is what they should be doing. Not trying to create a niche for 5 or 6 markets that do not have the demand for the NHL and probably never will. Why drag down the whole league to save franchise's who have no business being in the league. With or without a cap thess teams will still likely not draw or make money. Free agents will still flock to bigger markets because there are more opportunities to make money. This is not a knock on those cities(we know who they are) hockey will not be prosperous IMO in these cities. you will have the bandwagon fans when the team is doing ok and after that, a big drop off, see Carolina.