The Penner and Vanek offers really opened up Pandoras Box....I got ya, we'll have to agree to come up with another word beside "irrelevant". To me being restricted is a huge advantage for a team with the player being sought - whether your dolt of an owner is willing to match offers is another story. But I see what you are saying. I don't think Bettman has it in him to make any changes to that though, unless Lowe continues to "tamper" with the system and people team up with Burke.
Personally, I don't think any of the Isles kids will be much of anything. But if they do, they are as good as gone.
also, I think they should extend the entry level contracts to 5 years since they have the salary cap. It can help the blend of young and vets before you have to start paying out...
Kind of like what the Twins are able to do.