Given that the lionshare of this past week's posts and posts to come are about free agents, this is definitely a good topic to keep in mind. A lower ceiling will definitely affect salaries, allowing the Devils to be able to get players for a little less than you or I may think. Of course, it also means the Devils have less room to offer free agents - the opposite side of the coin.
Since there has been no official announcement, it's all speculation at this point. For all you and I know, nothing will change for the 2009-10 season.
Incidentally, posts on free agent defensemen (and other topics) will resume after Memorial Day.