The NHL salary cap saw an increase of $4.5 million from last season to current. The increase to $79.5 million helped the Capitals re-sign John Carlson and kept a majority of the Stanley Cup winning roster intact.
On Monday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave an indication that the salary cap should be around $83 million for the 2019-20 season, as first reported by Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.
The NHL is projecting a salary cap of roughly $83-million for next season, per Gary Bettman.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 3, 2018
The Capitals would welcome the projected $3.5 million increase.
The Caps have several young players who will be restricted free agents this summer including Andre Burakovsky, Dmitrij Jaskin, Chandler Stephenson, Christian Djoos, and most notably, Jakub Vrana. Vrana, who is graduating from his three-year, $4.28 million entry-level contract, is in the midst of a career year, tallying 14 points (8g, 6a) in 26 games so far this season.
Brett Connolly, Devante Smith-Pelly, Nic Dowd, Brooks Orpik, and Pheonix Copley are all also pending unrestricted free agents.
The increase has not been finalized with the NHLPA and won’t be until around June 2019.
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