According to Bill Daly, the Deputy Commissioner (aka the second slimiest guy in Hockey) the NHL’s salary cap will rise to a number between $60.5M – $63.5M for next season on the back of a new TV deal that will see an infusion of $2 Billion over 10 seasons. The NHL made approximately $200M more than last season, and will likely make even more next season given the struggling Atlanta Thrashers will likely be moved to hockey-crazy Winnipeg where frantic ‘Peggers will be throwing money at the NHL like its confetti at a wedding.
This increase would be great news for the Canadiens who would clearly be among the teams in the league that would spend the maximum allowable amount. It will also cause some issues for team’s needing to reach the cap floor which will also rise – any takers for one Gomez, Scott?? If the Salary Cap were to rise to $63.5M the Habs would have $29.4M to play with this off season which would be a serious boost for the Canadiens who may have otherwise been limited in the amount that they could spend. Considering the difficulties some teams may have financially this year – the Habs will be very interested in UFAs and RFAs from teams near the bottom of the league.
With the playoffs reaching conclusion, soon everyone will be turning their attention to the off-season. If you haven’t ever gone to capgeek.com I highly suggest that you do. First of all there is no better authority on all things cap/contract related. They have all of the info that you need including contract particulars like no-trade clauses and other sometimes complicated conditions.
The best part about the site however, is their Cap Calculator which allows you to move players in and out of the roster and adjust contracts for speculation to envision what your team may look like if they add or subtract a piece before next fall. Head over there if you want to see if you could manage the cap situation better than PG. Its a great time killer if you need to geek out about free agents and potential trades.