So what do you think will happen with the test…

So what do you think will happen with the test of the season? Will they just postpone the games and then resume or will they just like, cancel it for this year and start a new season in October? If they resume, do you think it'll kinda be like it never stopped? Or do you think one team will do drastically better/worse?

I have no idea what they’re going to do at this point. If it was me, I’d just cancel the season. I don’t want to be watching hockey in July and August. Just write this season off as lost and start again next year. They’ve already said having a full season next year is a top priority, so the longer this goes on, the more likely I think we just get a cancellation of this season, if only to avoid impacting next season. But we’ll see. We’re talking about a lot of lost revenue with a straight-up cancellation. 

I know it's still months away, but are th…

I know it's still months away, but are there any teams you think are more likely to hand out one of those really bad contracts?

No specific teams at this point, mostly because depending on how the playoffs go, we could see a team that looks pretty good right now suddenly decide to make a dumb move in the summer to make up for some perceived shortcoming that just hasn’t presented itself yet. But in general, I tend to look at the teams that need goaltending, and a legit #1 goalie specifically. There are never enough of those to go around, so there’s a really good chance a team that thinks its main issue is goaltending is going to overpay for whoever is available. And this summer, that means a lot of older guys, and ones who’ve excelled recently in strong defensive systems and/or split the net with another high-end goalie. Not really the kind of guys you want to be handing out big money or term to. 

what do you think about the cap maybe being as…

what do you think about the cap maybe being as high as 88 mil next season? good news for a lot of teams….

Yeah, that would be a big relief for a lot of teams. There’s been a ton of LTIR usage to stay cap-compliant across the league this season, and a cap that high would probably reduce that number next year. But it’s also potentially bad news, just in the sense it might encourage some really terrible moves. Outside of a couple big names, the UFA group this summer isn’t exactly a bunch of world-beaters. If the cap ends up that high, I think we’re going to see some big money UFA deals that are going to look really bad sooner rather than later. We see some of those every off-season, of course, but the way things are going, it could be a real stand-out summer for terrible signings.