Actually we have been like that before. In the 80's Canucks barely got enough ppl to the Pacific Coleseum. They almost moved as they were struggling to pay the salaries.
We've never even been close to doing that.
I do know however, that a new CBA is being negotiated and it's highly unlikely that these Cap circumventing deals will remain viable.
I remain "sure" that we don't want to be on the hook for 5 million dollars of Cap for a player that doesn't even play for us....
Obviously times have changed and I don't see the Canucks struggling to make the cap floor unless there is a massive slowdown in our economy.