There is little doubt that once the lockout is settled, the overall salary cap in the NHL will be going down.
While the final settlement isn't in place just yet, it is almost certain that the players' share of hockey related revenue will be going down from 57 percent to 50 percent.
This means that some teams will struggle to get under the salary cap next summer and may not be able to do much in free agency.
Here is a look at teams that face being shut out from free agency next summer. Keep in mind that there are some variables that we don't know yet. Some of these teams could be helped by a buyout or amnesty clause or if all player contracts are cut across the board.
The teams in this article are at or near the cap ceiling right now. Trades and rules can change some of these statuses, but as of right now, these teams face the most difficult time with a reduced cap.
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