Now, there might be some last-minute scrambling.
Jay King of MassLive:
This is the product of a short postseason – 79 games, tied for the fewest in the 15 years of the current format – providing few opportunities to generate revenue. You could call it a Quickie.
This will squeeze teams that want to use cap space or dodge the luxury tax. Teams operating above the cap but below the tax will get a relative advantage with the mid-level exception occupying a higher percentage of the cap.
Here’s how max contracts are now shaping up: