He points out that the salary cap has forced teams to use more kids and we’re starting to see how fun it can be now that it’s becoming “a young man’s game.”
These players not only bring a young spirit and a young drive, but they also make mistakes. That’s something this league needs more of. Too long, the veteran players understood they could carve a place in the league simply by playing it safe. Too often, great offensive players cast away their creative instincts to become great checkers or great defenders.
But these kids want more than that. Patrick Kane in Chicago is trying to find new ways to score. Daniel Carcillo in Phoenix is exploring exciting ways to anger the opposition. Kris Letang in Pittsburgh is hoping to follow in Sergei Zubov’s footsteps as a defenseman who excels in the shootout.
I doubt the owners were thinking about how it would help scoring and creativity and fun, when they started insisting on a salary cap (that was the job of the rules committee). It’s a great side-effect, though.