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Video: Will GMs “be stuck in spending limbo” this summer?

Mar 14, 2012, 9:16 PM EDT

The salary cap will probably increase this summer, but that might change when the NHL and NHLPA agree on a new CBA. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wants GMs to take a “business as usual” approach until the league has a new CBA, but will they?

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It’s worth noting that several teams have already locked up some of their unrestricted free agents to big extensions over the past couple of months. Ales Hemsky, Tuomo Ruutu, and Mikhail Grabovski have all signed extensions that will reportedly come with annual cap hits in the $4.75 million to $5.5 million range, and those three players aren’t putting up star caliber numbers this season. So it’s still safe to say that GMs will spend this summer, but they might practice a little more restraint than they would have under normal circumstances.

  1. drewzducks - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Is Bettman getting a Lewinsky in this photo or what?

  2. capsrockva - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    that’s not Bettman you idiot

    • blomfeld - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      that’s a very funny exchange you guys … good times ! :)

      seriously though, the bottom line is that Bettman and this idiot Fehr will probably strike a deal on a new CBA this summer, in less time than it takes to order a Big Mac ! … yes, Bettman may appear “nerdy & goofy” to some, but stupid he is not … he’s knows darn well that the middle class’s disposable income has shrunk drastically since 2004 … and it’s shrinking evermore all the time … he therefore knows instinctively that it’s best to keep a lid on things right now … as for Fehr, I doubt if this goof could even explain basic macro-economics, such as M-1 vs M-2 money supply ? … so hopefully Bettman can prevail this summer and carry the day for “that” which is right, in relatively short order and with minimum upset …

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:35 AM

        There’s been two lockouts on Bettman’s watch and an MLB strike on Fehr’s. Frankly I have no faith in either of these guys but I’m still hoping for the best.

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