Brooks says that the focus of this weeks talks needs to be on next season and the impact it will have on teams.
He adds that the Rangers will be presented with a lose/lose situation if the cap is pushed down to $60 million.
Players like Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin, who are RFA’s after this year, would be forced into taking one-year deals until they can go to arbitration and “with eventual deals perhaps costing the Blueshirts more in the long run against the cap, and this with a potential 2014-15 offseason disaster looming.”
Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Brian Boyle, Martin Biron, Taylor Pyatt, Mike Rupp, Arron Asham and Anton Stralman are all free agents following the 2013-14 season.
Chris Kreider is an RFA in the summer of 2014.
Marc Staal, Brad Richards and Rick Nash are the only players under contract for the 2014-15 season.
Michael Grange writes more about this, the need for a higher salary cap, at Sportsnet.