With the threat of decertification looming over the NHL CBA talks, Neil Greenberg looks at the impact of the potential dissolution of restricted free agency to see which young stars could cash in on the open market.
A look at how NHL teams spent money after the 2004-05 lockout shows star forwards continued to cash in while the "middle class" saw its average salary shrink, a trend that could continue in the new CBA.
The Chicago Blackhawks got Marty Turco and, in the process, let Antti Niemi go. That seems odd on the surface: Niemi is 26 and just won a Stanley Cup (on the cheap). But a deeper analysis shows it was ultimately the right move for the champs.