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Frozen Fantasy: Hockey Turned Upside Down

Janet Eagleson

Janet Eagleson

Janet Eagleson is a four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

What exactly does $5.2 billion buy you? A multi-national software company? An animation giant? A small Italian car company?

Complete hockey dominance, Canadian-style. That's what.

The news broke this week that Rogers Communications and the NHL had inked a 12-year, $5.2 billion deal for the Canadian rights for NHL hockey on every platform imaginable. Starting in 2015.

Hello, $80 million salary cap. Goodbye, Phoenix and Florida. Maybe even Nashville, and the NY Islanders. The cap floor could be $60 million in three years. And $70 million in five.

Ouch. The NHL landscape is about to seriously change.

Fantasy owners, particularly those of us in keeper formats, need to start thinking ahead. The NHL is about to become a league of haves and have-nots. All of a sudden, the free agent classes of 2015 and 2016 become even more interesting. The Blackhawks will now be able to keep both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane without sacrificing a

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