NHLPA: Cap will be $44 million

Hate to copy and paste but from TSN.ca: “The NHL Players Association is telling its membership that the NHL salary cap will rise to a maximum of approximately $44 million per team next season.

In a message posted on the players’ only website known as ”The Source,” the NHLPA says the salary cap will range from a minimum of $28 million per team up to $44 million. The message says the figures are approximate, but close to what the final numbers will be.

The current salary cap has a range of $21 million to a maximum of $39 million.”


36 Responses to NHLPA: Cap will be $44 million

  1. cr4zy says:

    Well once again ……. players will have raise……

    And the fans….. will still pay alot of money to watch a game…

    why never sell the ticket less? damnit…..

  2. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    Why did we miss a year of hockey again?

    Oh well more money for the Leafs to spend so we can ice a team that can do something hopefully.

  3. 92-93 says:

    this is good news for the big market teams i suppose because they will be the only teams really spending towards the cap.

    but at the same time, it the GMs of these teams were smart, they would do what the small market teams do and give themselves a cap below the actual cap.

    for JFJ, he should put a cap 10 percent below the actual cap – about 39.5-40 million. meaning that he can stock toronto with about 4 lesser-known but solid UFAs.

  4. UWSensFan says:

    We missed a year such that teams like Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Montréal (to a lesser extent), etc. could afford to be competitive. It was also to level the playing fields such that there weren’t 3 tiers of teams in the league:

    – Those that could (and did) afford to have $80M lineups

    – Those that could be competitive with a “reasonable” roster cost

    – Those that couldn’t afford to keep their teams in the city they were in because of $$ (Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Ottawa, to name 3)

    Unfortunately, the stance you’ve taken is more $$ = better team. We only have to look at the NY Rangers of the last 8 or so years (not including this season) to see what CAN happen when a team spends tons of $$. Sometimes it wins Cups (Detriot), sometimes it doesn’t (Toronto and NY Rangers)

  5. UWSensFan says:

    Actually, Toronto’s not that far from being a playoff team again…what I think they would need:

    – Top 3 (or 6) winger to play with Sundin (he can turn a top 6 into a top 3 on his own)

    – Top 4 d-man (regardless of what happens to McCabe)

    – Goalie? (either that or tandem Aubin and Tellqvist)

  6. 92-93 says:

    According to Mirtle and Spectorshockey.net, the McCabe signing will be announced this week:

    “Toronto radio station the FAN 590 is reporting this afternoon that the reason defenceman Bryan McCabe has yet to sign with the Maple Leafs is due to an undisclosed family health situation. The report also indicates McCabe is planning to sign the reported five-year, $29-million deal in the next few days.”

    http://mirtle.blogspot.com/2006/06/mccabe-situation-turns-farcical.html

  7. 92-93 says:

    exactly…

    to use your criteria:

    Anson Carter – a second line winger who could improve his game beside Sundin (other suggestions? Langenbrunner?)

    Everyone suggests McKee – but what about signing 2 defencemen for what McKee would be signed for? say, Markov and Dempsey?

    Goalie – Legace seems like a good candidate. no need to trade prospects and young players for guys like Biron or Giguerre or Nabokov.

    that’s about it. they’ve got some good young players coming up, a solid core – with or without McCabe – and just need to trim the fat (Allison, Belfour, Domi, Khavanov, Richardson, and maybe Lindros). don’t forget, they finished 2 pts out of 8th spot and were an above .500 team for 4 of the 6 months of the regular season.

  8. UWSensFan says:

    I’m pretty sure the Canucks will re-up Carter before he hits the UFA market…Langenbrunner would likely be a nice addition. Not too sure who else is available this off-season, but I’m sure there’s a couple of decent wingers available (besides, the Leafs DO have decent prospects to fill in the lineup “holes”).

    I’m not sure McKee will be affordable/cost effective for what he’ll bring to the table…his stock is going to be sky high after this year’s post-season and there’s no guarantee he’ll repeat (same reason why I don’t think re-upping McCabe to that money/those terms (mostly the no movement clause) is wise). Why not grab 2 d-men? Why not let your youth make a difference? I mean, bring in the Jay Harrisons, the Ian Whites, the Andy Wozniewskis, etc. that came up and covered for injuries/bad defensemen (Berg/Belak)? They played well for Maurice with the Marlies, why not give ’em a chance with the big club?

    Totally agree with goaltending IF they opt to not go with an Aubin/Tellqvist tandem.

    As for trimming fat, Lindros should be gone (sorry, but he’s not the player he once was), as should Belfour and Khavanov. Allison wasn’t that bad of an acquisition (esp. for the cost), buying out Domi’s contract may not be the best thing financially (esp. with the majority owner being interested only in the bottom line) and Richardson played quite well from what (little) I saw of him. The goaltending change itself should be enough to make the playoffs, nevermind the lineup changes. Remember, it was Quinn’s obsession with playing Belfour (aka the sieve) until he was declared injured, and then Tellqvist was made a scapegoat for the 2 losses in Montréal.

  9. 369rumors says:

    According to everyone , mccabe was set 2 do that 3 weeks ago.

  10. Aetherial says:

    I would not mind the Lindros signing since it will be for one year and will be not more than 1 mil. It is worth taking that chance and getting some decent leadership in the room for the younger players.

    I keep hearkening back to what Devellano said about building Detroit, how there were a number of years early on where they signed aging vets just for leadership and to fill spaces while they waited to build their organization through the draft… THEN, when they were close, they paid the big bucks for the missing pieces.

    *someone* has to play.

    Anson Carter… naw, I smell McCabe all over him; i.e. he will never again be as good as he was last year. Therefore he will be too expensive.

    I truly think the Leafs will be ahead of the game if they “cheap out” this summer.

    Wouldn’t it be great if they had quite a bit of cap room and were able to pick up a decent name at the trade deadline for a lot less from a team that is out of it? or even pick up a rental for their own playoff run?

  11. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    I would love to see the Leafs steal Pisani from the Oilers and Cullen from the Canes, who are both UFA’s in a week and a half. Possibly Frank Kaberle as well and then a goalie and I think the Leafs would be sitting pretty. I think there is something to be said about injecting fresh talent that is just off a successful playoff run or in Carolina’s case Stanley Cup victory. Winning is infectious and I would love for these 3 guys to make us sick.

  12. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    Well for all those people that say the right way to build cup winners is through the draft you only have to look at the Carolina roster to see that for the most part that isn’t true.

    Hurricanes 06 Stanley Cup Winning Roster:

    ERIC STAAL – drafted

    CORY STILLMAN – signed as ufa

    ROD BRIND’AMOUR – traded from Philly

    JUSTIN WILLIAMS – traded from Philly

    MATT CULLEN – signed as ufa

    MARK RECCHI – traded from Pittsburgh/rental

    DOUG WEIGHT – traded from St. Louis/rental

    RAY WHITNEY – signed as ufa

    FRANTISEK KABERLE – traded from Atlanta

    BRET HEDICAN – traded from Florida

    ANDREW LADD – drafted

    AARON WARD – traded from Detroit

    NICLAS WALLIN – drafted

    MIKE COMMODORE – traded from Calgary

    GLEN WESLEY – traded from Boston

    CHAD LAROSE – drafted

    KEVYN ADAMS – traded from Florida

    OLEG TVERDOVSKY – signed as ufa

    CRAIG ADAMS – drafted

    ERIK COLE – drafted

    JOSEF VASICEK – drafted

    CAM WARD – drafted

    MARTIN GERBER – traded from Anaheim

    Of the entire championship 23 man roster only 8 players were drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes, 3 of which are formidable NHL players (Cole, Staal, C. Ward), while the other 5 can be classified as projects or depth players (Wallin, C. Adams, Vasicek, Ladd, LaRose). The bulk of the Hurricanes’ team that played key roles in their victory were veteran players that at one point were acquired via the trade route or signed as a ufa. Do not be fooled, this is primarily a veteran latent team, not quite the youth filled team that all seem to refer to. DRAFT SMAFT.

  13. 369rumors says:

    leafy, whats the link 2 the chat room?

  14. habsoverserver says:

    Nobody “steals” guys who perform in the playoffs. Pisani, who led the league in playoff goals, will likely get a deal well beyond his regualr season value.

  15. cecilturtle says:

    You should get a free bowl of soup with that cheep $44 million cap!

    Cecil Turtle

  16. 92-93 says:

    well, i think – once again – the ‘cheap out’ option is not a bad one and does not necessarily mean missing the playoffs.

    that argument i had back during the regular season – that getting rid of some of the vets, letting the cheaper kids play would also result in the leafs winning more games seemed to work out towards the end of the year.

    with Maurice as head coach, letting the kids play, along with some sound, smaller UFA signings might be the best option to take. keep that cap space open so that if a deal comes along that will help the leafs long-term, toronto

    a) had the cap space to make the deal

    b) have the young kids already strutting their stuff, thereby increasing their trade value

    i still say that guys like Markov, Dempsey, Legace will come cheap and will do their jobs night in and night out … much better than what the leafs had last year.

    buyout domi, buyout Belfour, and see what Pohl, Williams, Kronvall, harrison, White, etc. can do.

  17. 92-93 says:

    you know, i want to edit and copy this exchange and send it to JFJ. … it is that sensible and smart 🙂

  18. GoalJudge says:

    They must just be looking for some headway for stories now that the cup is over.

    No where in the mirtle blog does it say that he would be resigning. In fact it looks negative.

    I think that at the time some of Caber’s supporters were hesitant but positive about the deal.

    No with the wait, even his supporters seem reluctant, and most of the T.O. hockey world wants to move on.

    Nobody would argue with McCabe going to the Islanders, especially if they serioulsy want him, so just get it done, and move on. Don’t worry about saving face.

    What is he worried that if he leaves they’ll boo him on his return. Suck it up! They boo him for his defensive blunders and bad penalties anyway.

    Leafs quit morning Ken Thompson, take your balls out of the Teachers Pension Fund’s purse, and actually use them…to sign other worthwhile agents.

    F. Kaberle, J. McKee and either P. Kubina or F. Kuba could all be had (3 of the 4) for roughly the same price. What is there to ponder about?

  19. GoalJudge says:

    They must just be looking for some headway for stories now that the cup is over.

    No where in the mirtle blog does it say that he would be resigning. In fact it looks negative.

    I think that at the time some of Caber’s supporters were hesitant but positive about the deal.

    No with the wait, even his supporters seem reluctant, and most of the T.O. hockey world wants to move on.

    Nobody would argue with McCabe going to the Islanders, especially if they serioulsy want him, so just get it done, and move on. Don’t worry about saving face.

    What is he worried that if he leaves they’ll boo him on his return. Suck it up! They boo him for his defensive blunders and bad penalties anyway.

    Leafs quit morning Ken Thompson, take your balls out of the Teachers Pension Fund’s purse, and actually use them…to sign other worthwhile agents.

    F. Kaberle, J. McKee and either P. Kubina or F. Kuba could all be had (3 of the 4) for roughly the same price. What is there to ponder about?

  20. GoalJudge says:

    sorry I write on my work computer sometimes and the network gets jumpy. Hence the double or triple entries sometimes.

    feel free to complain about it. I do it myself.

  21. GoalJudge says:

    I agree. While I think that Pisani was a close runner up for the Conn Smythe trophy, I think that he may be overpaid come next year.

    He got $611,800 and put in 37 pts with 18 goals in 80 games, averaging 13:50 min a game.

    I see him getting way more icetime next season, aroudn the 18 minute mark..

    At about 1.5 – 2 million.

    Contritbuting closer to 60 points.

    Come to think of it, thats not overpaying. But at around 3 or more million a year, which might be possible, thats too much. One strong playoff appearance is a tough sell for nearly a 2.5 mil raise.

    Triple salary is not bad at aroudn 1.8 mil.

  22. GoalJudge says:

    add Colorado and Dallas to that list of big spenders.

    But at least they won.

  23. GoalJudge says:

    Thats not a bad observasion. But the core there is guys who have been members for years, not rentals or 1 year deals. Not to mention that many of the players acquired in trades were very young prospects that might as well have been drafted by the ‘Canes.

    My next question, is Stillman an FA again? and If so where will he go to try to three-peat?

  24. GoalJudge says:

    Cuz your ruting for the wrong teams, maybe.

    Huge market teams like the leafs, NY, Detroit, LA??, Vancouver will not reduce the price cause they can sell out based on population base alone.

    Smaller market teams, coincidently ones that nearly fold, are the teams that, with cost certainty, have “given” back to the fans and dropped prices.

    This is because of the lack of “corporate” sellouts.

    Something like 25-33% of Toronto’s season tickets are owned by corporations to use wooing clients.

    Not bad business, but does nothing for the actual fan base of working class citizens who love the game. Ottawa is a much cheaper alternative, and is actually way easier to get seats. (I can hear fellow leaf fans heads steaming). I have been a leafer for nearly 20 yrs so it is well ingrained. But I have been a Huge supporter of fan based teams for years, who do what they can with what they have.

    Thats why I love the new NHL. The CAP is great. Took them long enough. It has made the NFL undisputed Pro sports cahmp for years. The were proactive in getting a CAP, why is every other pro sport reactive. Greedy players.

    Moving on…44 million is a little easier to work with, seemingly, but you will see stars hog that money up real quick. Look, it took one year of woes and cautionary spending, now everyone is back to spending huge again. They should set a termed hardline, rather than renegotiate on a yearly basis. Because now it will get back to big markets with big bucks rather that even playing field. What if next year it was raised to 55 mil. Some small teams still can’t afford that.

    On the upside the increase will stop Stars from becoming journeymen as they will sign longer term for more money, rather than chase the buck every year or two.

  25. wheresthesoda says:

    i think the raising of the cap is misleading. This really doesnt mean every player is gonna start asking for more money, but teams now can add a better player to replace a depth guy that doesnt get much ice time.

  26. UWSensFan says:

    I’m pretty sure I remember hearing an interview (either in the 1st or 2nd intermission of Game 1 of the Cup Finals) that Stillman was in the first year of a 3 year deal with the Canes, and that the only reason he went to Carolina was because they were offering more than 1 year (and the only club that was doing it).

  27. UWSensFan says:

    Unfortuantely, you missed the entire point of my reply. Nowhere did I say that drafting was the way to win a cup. Nowhere. What I did say is that the salary cap EVENS THE PLAYING FIELD so that teams like the Canes and the Oilers can compete with teams like the Leafs and Rangers on the ice because THERE IS A SIMILAR SALARY STRUCTURE IN PLACE. This has nothing to do with drafting.

  28. UWSensFan says:

    The only guy I disagree with is Domi, and it’s only on a financial reason: buying him out will save them next to no cap space, so why do it? Let the hometown fans that do like him get one last season before they basically force him into retirement (unless some other team wants him).

  29. 92-93 says:

    well, dont just rely on Mirtle’s blog, you can look to Spectors, FAN 590-Berger, today’s Star, etc.

    its still not done – true, but it looks like its going to be done, unfortunately.

  30. GoalJudge says:

    The “STAR PLAYER” and the wannabies will be spunging up the remaining money real fast.

    Mark my words. Teams WILL be fast to sign emerging players and overpay to their own detriment. Especially on defense.

    It may not escalate to as bad as it was before, but it will escalate. Look at the Richards signing. As good as he is, the Bolts screwed everybody.

    Every player that has made that many points steadily in recent years will look for the same. and some emerging talents will demand as close as they can get to it.

    Signings like these will spread the wealth of talent around, but will make locking up longterm deals harder to do. and a much bigger gamble. It will free up space to retain some players, but it will make the Greedy players greedier.

    Teams will be hardpressed not to spend. It is doable, but you have to be willing to let them walk. Ottawa is an interesting example as they were so low in salary for years and now must crap or get off the pot with the pending FAs

  31. DJTOKid says:

    Remember though, all those guys who get the same amount of points as Richards, better have a Stanley cup and a conn smyth trophy before they ask for the same amount of money as richards or GM’s will laugh in there faces.

  32. DJTOKid says:

    There is even more hope for the leafs with an extra 5million to spend on free agents. Thats an allstar caliber defensemen, maybe Blake, I’d pay him 5mil for two years.

    Just curious what will the minimum salary go up to this year? $500,000 or $550,000? Is JFJ stupid enough to trade for one of these high priced wingers everyones talking about?(bertuzzi/st.loius)

  33. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    Stillman is on a 2 year deal with the Canes.

  34. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    “Unfortunately, the stance you’ve taken is more $$ = better team. We only have to look at the NY Rangers of the last 8 or so years (not including this season) to see what CAN happen when a team spends tons of $$.”

    Obviously if the canes signed ufa’s and traded for a couple big ticket players (Weight, Recchi) then they to have done what teams like the Leafs and Rangers have done in the past, and thats spend money to RENT players at the deadline, therefore the point you were trying to make about me thinking more money equates to a better team may have just been unintentionally proven, even though I do not believe the more money one spends the better their team is.

  35. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    By steal I meant since hes a hometown Edmontonian maybe they could steal him away from the Oilers but I think its highly unlikely.

  36. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    I think Pisani will get between 1 to 1.5 mil, and he’ll take it short term hoping to up his value even more. I can’t see his value going up that drastically, because don’t forget players get paid mainly for their regular season performance and stats. 18 goals and 37 points in the new NHL isn’t really all that much, hes in a Chad Kilger category (17G, 28Pts) when it comes to regular season statistics. Pisani will probably take 1.5 for 2 years, but ask for more prior to negotiating down to 1.5. His agent will probably start somewhere in the 2 to 2.5 mil area and lowe will start in the 900k to 1 mil area.

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