Oh. I don't know. If you ask me, top end talent gets overpaid. If players were inclined to take less money, it gives management more flexibility in improving their team in other areas. I don't see how there can be an argument from us, as fans, that players don't need to be paid as much as they are.
I dislike this thinking. Alexander Ovechkin should take less money so Matt Niskanen gets $7 million or Brooks Orpik gets $5 million+? Kane and Toews should take less money so the Blackhawks can sign Oduya, Shaw and Saad, who probably will jump at a chance to maximize their value when they become free agents, anyway?
Then there is no guarantee ownership even spends to the cap.