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The Penguins got good news when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the salary cap is expected to rise by about $2 million from its current $56.8 million. There had been concern about a possible precipitous drop in the cap for 2010-11 because of the sour economy.
Another priority for Shero among potential free agents is winger Matt Cooke , who combines strong physical play with some skill. Shero said at 32 and coming off a strong season in which he matched his career high with 15 goals, Cooke might have to makes some choices between staying with a contending club where he is comfortable or pursuing a large, long-term contract for family security.
The most interesting news to come out of Gary Bettman’s press conference on Friday afternoon in Chicago – other than that second Winter Classic headed the Caps way – was that the NHL salary cap could rise as much as $2 million or more next season. The final numbers won’t be calculated until all revenue for the 2009-10 season is accounted for after the Stanley Cup finals end. And Bettman admitted the rise is due in part to the strength of the Canadian dollar. But whatever the cause, the Caps would have a little bit of breathing room in their quest to sign their four remaining restricted free agents, two centers and a sixth defenseman. The salary cap was $56.8 million in 2009-10.
The World Cup of Hockey is returning to an arena near you. It was announced earlier this year that the World Cup of Hockey would be returning in 2011. The teams consisted of 15 forwards, 8 defenceman and 3 goalies at the last tournament. Coming off an Olympic gold medal win Canada are definatley favourites heading into the next tournament.
I’m going to break my MO here. After the heartbreaking collapse and loss to Philadelphia, I’ve been relentlessly trying to come up with a lineup that fits the mold of the Bruins, but could also bring alittle more success than this past year did. After weeks of painfully reliving the experience trying to find out what went wrong, this is what I’ve come up with.