A look at several NHL teams which would be affected by a reduced salary cap under a new NHL CBA.

ESPN.COM: Craig Custance recently reported on the effect a lower salary cap could have this season under a new NHL CBA.

“The NHL’s last proposal cut the players’ share from 57 percent to 49 percent for the coming season. Based on revenues of $3.3 billion, that would put the salary cap at roughly $62 million this season.

According to CapGeek.com, that would immediately put 14 teams over the salary cap.”

Custance cited an NHL GM saying there would be “six, seven, eight teams that are going to have to lose a real player if the cap is $60 million.” Custance went on to examine the impact that would have upon the Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, which would be among those teams needing to become cap compliant under the aforementioned scenario.

A lower salary cap could force Flames to trade Bouwmeester.

For the Bruins, one option would be trading Tim Thomas and his $5 million cap hit, as well as placing Marc Savard (over $4 million cap hit) on LTIR (post-concussion symptoms). Custance suggested forwards Devin Setoguchi and Pierre-Marc Bouchard might become trade candidates for the Wild. The Canucks would, of course, trade goalie Roberto Luongo ($5.33 per season cap hit, no-trade clause), while the Flames might have to consider moving Jay Bouwmeester and his $6.68 million per season cap hit, though like Luongo his no-trade clause could make it difficult.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I examined this in greater detail on August 31 in my THN.com column. A lower salary cap in the next CBA will result in considerable player movement prior to the start of the season, of the type we haven’t seen since the summer of 2005 and the implementation of the previous CBA.