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Report: Salary cap ‘may be around’ $70 million next season

Dec 6, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

From TSN’s Bob McKenzie, ahead of next week’s NHL Board of Governors meetings:

The current salary cap is $64.3 million, so a jump up to $70 million, or around there, for next season would be a significant one.

How much higher could the cap go? According to an estimate by the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle, the answer is, a lot higher.


Granted, not everyone is as bullish on the NHL’s revenue growth.

“I don’t know if I’m in the minority, but I’m hesitant; there’s no accountability for these random people making these predictions the cap is going to be $80 million [in four seasons],” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman told on Friday. “I might be wrong. I think there’s folly. There’s so many factors that go into the salary cap.

“Because there’s a new television deal, I’m not going to assume it’s going to be $80 million. I don’t operate that way. If you base your assumptions on predictions and you’re wrong, I can’t say, ‘They said it was going to be $80 million.’ I’m going to wait to see where it goes. I think it’s safe to say it’s going to go up. It’s think it’s a little bit irresponsible to say where it’s going to be unless you have intricate knowledge of the cap.”

Bowman, of course, will soon need to find room to sign Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, each of whom can become an unrestricted free agent after next season. So the ‘Hawks will be particularly interested in the league’s projections next week.

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  1. hockeyflow33 - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    At least if you’re a Blackhawks fan you know Bowman has the right approach so you don’t get f’d like the Flyers

    • flyerspsu - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      well at least all these long term deals wont hurt the Flyers too bad w/ the cap going up so much since Snider will always spend to the cap limit, with timonen and meszaros off the books and a 70 mil cap thats 16 extra mil right there just for next year

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        Subtract $8 million right off the top for the increase in salary to Giroux, Couturier and Read, plus no goalie under contract, and a few RFA and Philly is already getting tight against the higher cap.

      • c9castine - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:18 AM

        yeah well everybody else is gonna be using that space to sign useful valuable players so don’t be so sure it won’t hurt.

    • flyerspsu - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      no c9castine not every team is gonna spend to the limit … there is a reason why they implemented the cap to begin with b/c teams like the Flyers and Rangers could and would spend a lot more than most teams

      as for no goalie under contract next year, Mason will be signed for 1-2 years on a bridge for not a lot of money to see if he really is the franchise goalie so theres about a 1 mil increase there, as for RFAs they will almost all be in the AHL considering how nearly every player is signed for at at least 2 more years so there wont be much if any of an increase there

  2. qauzaq - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Can someone tell me how they decide on the cap?

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      It’s the players share of hockey related revenue (if I recall correctly 53%?) divided by 30.

  3. joey4id - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Dang! Do you think the players forgive Bettman for last year’s lockout? And people last year were saying he was about to bring on the death of hockey. Ha!

    This spike is going to make it more and more difficult for small market teams to compete. I mean some may well be in red ink just trying to make the floor.

    • missthemexpos - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      Cue the cities waiting in line for a franchise, Seattle, Quebec City…

      • martysbetter - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:42 PM


        (lol, I can dream can’t I?)

      • missthemexpos - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        Be nice to see Hartford back in the show again, always thought that the playoff battle between the Whalers and the Habs in 86 was one of the best.

    • elrock7 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      Then they shouldn’t have a team.

    • shaundre93 - Dec 7, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Well no… That’s why they have revenue sharing. FLA will be gone sooner than later imo, and NSH and PHX are the only other teams who I think will have any issue with a rising cap. They’ve both proven capable of building from within and succeeding with cheap young talent, I don’t see any reason for that to change.

  4. canucks30 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    This will lead to a fourth lockout in 2021, and people will still blame the “greedy players” despite all time record revenues.

  5. muckleflugga - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    salary caps in the nhl will cease to be an issue by 2018…

    china, bored from having ceased control of natural resources and high tech manufacturing in every country in the free world while manipulating puppet governments in all [ except canada which they simply annexed in 2016 ], will have set their sights on all remaining professional leagues…

    jealous because arab oil men are having all the fun buying every soccer team in europe and every football team in north america, china will move on the kontinental hockey league in 2016, itself having purchased every national hockey league franchise outright when unifying professional hockey in 2015

    even as china consolidates its global hockey league by bringing its own beijing buzzards and shanghai pirates into the fray while playing in stadia capable of seating 400,000, gary bettman and bill daley will be sending postcards from zuh gulag where they’ve been sent to manage a salt mine canteen to rave reviews of prisoners who’ve never seen anything quite as tasty in a brooks brothers ensemble

    in the meantime, apple corporation quietly usurped them all when buying every known form of media and media outlet on planet earth and several others on tralfamador. with absolute control of television and the internet, apple will advance the idea of virtual hockey while developing video games to a point of realism that actually exceeds the real thing

    using a crack team of computer whiz kids approaching twelfth birthdays, apple will develop advanced video software featuring virtual players playing on virtual teams in virtual leagues that virtually anyone and everyone will be capable of building, organizing and commanding

    apple will dispose of its annual 780 billion dollar surplus with an array of competitions and prizes related to its new virtual hockey

    in developing its brave new league, apple will have rendered all the grunting, gasping, sweating and all round cussedness found in human driven hockey, irrelevant…

    the 2018 mac pro and 4k 88 inch displays will be available for an affordable $519 and $999, with the price capped through 2022…

    • handsofsweed - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      You’re usually a complete dickwad, but I actually laughed at that one.

  6. nj666 - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    this just seems like it only helps teams that crapped out too much money on one or two players…and now they need more room to sign role players.

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