Reports: NHL Salary Cap Expected to Increase to $79-80 Million

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Besides the plethora of big-name free agents, the projected rise of the NHL’s salary cap was and is perhaps the most-talked about topic when it comes to the financial aspect of the league’s offseason. For months, many have debated as to the exact amount at which the cap ceiling (which stood at $75 million this past season) would be in 2018-19, and fans (and General Managers) may have their answer in the next few days.

Per TSN’s Frank Seravelli, the salary cap ceiling (the maximum amount in total salaries a team is allowed to spend) is likely going to be either $79 or $80 million, quite a difference from the $82 million many believed would be the final amount. The projected range was anywhere from $78-$82 million, so should Seravelli’s report be accurate, the increase falls in the bottom of the previous projections.

For the Capitals, this latest development means that re-signing pending unrestricted free agent defenseman John Carlson will prove tricky. Expected to seek a long-term contract that could contain an annual salary of $8 million, the Capitals also have players such as Tom Wilson, Jay Beagle, and Michal Kempny in need of new contracts, and General Manager Brian MacLellan may not be able to fit all in, despite the projected total. While the projected $79-$80 million may not seem like a very big increase from the previous ceiling, it will be the largest single season cap jump since the 2013-14 season. While the preliminary and obvious impact this will have on the Capitals is no doubt a challenge, how the Caps and other teams adjust (if at all) their offseason business will be interesting to watch.

By Michael Fleetwood

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About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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4 Responses to Reports: NHL Salary Cap Expected to Increase to $79-80 Million

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Could have gone up to 82. Getting tight.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    NO beags。。。

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  3. J says:

    Trade Burakovsky and his 3mil, and if you have to sacrifice a dsp to keep Carlson,Willy, Kempny, Beagle do it. And if you have to move on from Orpik 5mil via trade etc bring up Siegenthaler etc. But no reason they cant keep the big 4 Carlson,Willy,Kempny, Beagle

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