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Salary Cap Increase Will Provide Relief

At the annual conference of the Sports Lawyers Association over the weekend NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the NHL’s salary cap, which is tied to revenue, will rise again as it has every year under the current CBA to somewhere between $60.5 – $63.5 million.  The Cap currently sits at $59.4 million so this increase would give GM Ray Shero an additional $1.1 – $4.1 million to work with this off season.  Lets hope the number is closer to the latter.

While the Penguins have zero holes to fill this summer in net or on defense and several defensive prospects ready or near ready for NHL work the forwards look to yet again be a mishmash throw together group once you get past the core of Crosby-Malkin-Staal.  The Pens have 10 Unrestricted Free Agents and 2 Restricted up front.  Now some of those guys like Kovalev, and Comrie have zero chance to return in my opinion other players like Adams, Rupp are must signs and to a lesser extent Talbot and Dupuis.  Tyler Kennedy is one of the RFAs and given how he stepped up this spring I would expect Shero to deliver an offer sheet that avoids arbitration.

The problem in all of that is that under the current cap of $59.4 million Shero only has about $3.687 million to play with.  An increase of $4.1 million would bring that useable area to about $7.7 million.  That would be a whole lot nicer pushing towards July 1st.

Written by ozman51

May 24, 2011 at 8:41 AM

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