Since the salary cap was instituted we haven't seen a shift in power for small market teams to large market teams. What we see is cap manipulation with small market teams using the artificial cap hits to get to the cap floor so they can receive subsidies and large market teams dismantled because the hard cap but still winning cups like Chicago, Boston, LA and Pittsburg even Washington. The bottom feeders are still the bottom feeders. The perceived parity is due to the 3 point system not the cap system. I wish the NHL would go to a luxury tax system like MLB or NBA. The cap system in hockey is a socialist system and thumbs it's nose at capitalism. For life of me I don't understand how you setup a business structure that rewards failure and punishes successful franchises. I don't get it.