saw this article today showing how even WITH a Hard Cap teams GMs get just as silly throwing dough at Free Agents http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2002431 "Never mind that two-thirds of the players on the rosters of the teams that played in Super Bowl XXXIX were homegrown. Forget that the history of free agency is rife with bad deals. So what if the streets of free agency are lined with fool's gold. None of that seems to matter this year. There is money to be spent, by gosh, and teams are going to spend it." "The thing is," Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said, "that there's just one team that holds up the [Vince Lombardi] trophy at the end of the season. And if you aren't that team, there is tremendous implied pressure to improve, to do whatever is possible to get that trophy the next year. And so teams fall into the old 'grass is greener' mind-set in evaluating players. You start to see more of the warts on your own guys and less of the deficiencies in someone else's player. And, usually, that's a trap." yet one more example why the NHLPA is so crazy for playing bluff with a shrinking pot of cash. Even with a hard cap free agent money will still get overspent on production. Exactly what is Goodenow fighting this losing battle for anyway, its not like all the NFL players, who BTW can be CUT at anytime, are snivleing about workers rights like they are freaking norma ray. No they have a union boss who could be even argued to be a owner lackey, yet where is the outrage? nowhere they laugh all the way to the bank. Their agents get paid because the NFL GMs get just as money spending happy when a trophy is possible. Hey boys go back to work, you marty lapoints of the future will still get too much for being a desent 3rd liner!