On the high end of the salary cap, E.J. Hradek obviously has more freedom to sign more big-time free agents, including Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and the dynamic defensive duo of Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer.
At the mid-range level of the salary cap, can our scouting guru keep his three power players and Sidney Crosby? Not likely, but Hradek can still find ways to be creative with his roster and remain competitive.
On the low end of the cap, what are Hradek's choices? He finds out quickly he can take advantage of younger players who are still being paid the league minimum and still sign a power-play specialist like Sergei Zubov.