Burke has made it clear that he is not interested in long term deals that in his opinion circumvent the cap. In my opinion this hurts the Leafs chances of landing big ticket UFA's like Richards for example. This is just the most recent example. But I believe it will also hurt them more then you would think in the next few years as well. My question is....... How valuable is a player with a cap hit of say 7 mill going to be to a team that might only have to pay him 2 mill in "real" money later on? Even it is just to be a back up goalie or a 4th liner. There is plenty of teams in the NHL that are struggling to get to the cap floor. Would it not make sense for those financially strapped teams to trade for player X whose cap hit might be substancially higher then actual money being paid? Would this work? I know that just as an example if Guguire was currently on a long term deal where he was getting paid 1-2 mill per season but his cap hit was say 5 million this would be a huge bonus to teams that are struggling to get to the cap floor. If what Im saying is correct above then it will be interesting to see what will happen to players on these long term deals as they wind down to the last few years a 9 year deal.....Is the NHL PA going to accept this as it breaks the spirit of the cap floor which Im assuming was there add on to the current agreement.