Cap compromise aids Kings, Rangers 

January, 6, 2013

Dustin BrownChristian Petersen/Getty ImagesWith the cap just over $64 million, the Kings can maybe keep their Cup-winning roster intact.
As Saturday's marathon NHL negotiating session dragged into the early hours of Sunday morning, the call for compromise on a key issue from those tired of waiting seemed perfectly reasonable. The decisive negotiation over next season's salary cap threatened to be the thorny issue that prevented a deal. When negotiations started, the players wanted a $65 million salary cap for next season, and the owners offered $60 million. As the talks eked forward, the owners moved to $62.5 million, but the players weren't willing to move much more from their position. This was too key an issue for them.

And they're not the only ones who'll benefit. While the league was trying to keep the salary cap maximum closer to the floor ($44 million) in part to foster more parity moving forward, there were those in charge of running teams perfectly happy to see the players hold firm. According to colleague Pierre LeBrun, next year's salary cap will be $64.3 million, and that's no small win for the players.