After NHL clubs shimmied their way under an artificially low $64.3 million salary cap to start the 2013-14 season, TSN.ca was reporting by December 2013 that the cap could rise as high as $71.1 million by 2014-15.
Visions of big contract extensions and high-priced free agents danced before the eyes of the league's general managers. When the new cap ceiling was officially announced on June 28, the number wasn't quite so lofty.
The Canadian Press reported that 2014-15 salary cap limit of $69 million took general managers by surprise, leaving some of them scrambling to reset their player personnel plans for the offseason.
Here's a look at six teams that have felt the pressure from the cap, and how they're working to deal with the challenge.