Monday's headline-making NHL news is the dramatic rise of the salary cap starting next season, all the way from $64.3 million to an estimated $71 million, a rise attributable to the massive new $5.2 billion TV deal the league signed with Canada's Rogers Communications.
The NHL already has some of the best parity – at least in terms of distribution of talent (when you count out the Penguins) – among professional sports leagues, and the fallout of this deal should only serve to maintain and enhance that parity. Every team is getting its share of TV money alongside the rising cap, meaning they not only have new room to spend – they have the cash, too. That's vitally important for the smaller-market teams.
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