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Dec 2, 2018
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>MelonVK</b></div><div>Here's the thing though, teams like Toronto can frontload contracts. Take NYR and Florida as alternatives for signing Panarin: While Florida has the lower tax, NYR can easily cough up 30-35m during the first 12 months of that deal which Florida can't. Money today is worth more than money two-three-and-four years from now because of inflation and pure investment. The small teams experiencing high taxes and relatively less wealthy owners are the ones in real trouble. Toronto is probably as attractive a FA spot as Vegas, it's Ottawa and Winnipeg that are really struggling</div></div>
If you are going to have a salary cap, the raw numbers should come out equal after tax. Yes, other cities have other advatages which players take into consideration, but none so much as take home $ after tax. This is the only thing a salary cap is supposed to make fair.
And while i get the sentiment that teams like Ottawa and Winnipeg get hurt the most, a cap in general hurts large market teams more, if there wasn't one while the leafs have been willing to spend you don't think McDavid wouldn't be in the blue and white, and likely Stamkos, Tavares, etc.
So if they are giving this opportunity up for parity in the league at the very least it should be applied fairly.