Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 7/13/13
Since the great Bill Laurie Bailout, the Blues have generally operated near the NHL’s salary floor, spending just enough to stay in compliance with the collective bargaining agreement.That changes this season. The salary cap is coming down for one season -- thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement -- and Blues spending is going up.The Derek Roy signing guarantees that the Blues will sign at or near the cap for the 2013-14 campaign. Should restricted free agent Alex Pietrangelo attracts a hostile offer sheet, the Blues could actually go over the cap while keeping him and fellow RFAs Chris Stewart and Jake Allen.The Blues will compete on an even economic level with all of their Western Conference rivals. In fact, the team may actually need to shed salary before the season to get under the cap.This is a big deal. The last two seasons the Blues have been the best small-budget team in the league, winning lots of games with a tight payroll. But they won just one playoff series in that span, so Tom Stillm
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