How much proof do you need to know that the NHL has reached parity among all of its teams?
Check this out.
As of April 3, 2007, only 12 points separated 1st place in the Western Conference from 8th place. In the Eastern Conference, it's a bit more at 19 points for the delta. But also consider the fact that in the Eastern Conference, not one, but two teams that are currently not in the playoff picture still have a chance of making the playoffs. As well, three teams are still battling for the President's Trophy! Usually, the President's Trophy gets wrapped up a bit earlier.
While we can't be entirely sure that this parity is due to the salary cap, all evidence does point in that direction.
Playoffs. :D Go Canucks Go!