Coming out of the general managers meetings in Boca Raton, Florida on Wednesday was word that the NHL is projecting the 2016-17 salary cap could be $74M if the escalator is exercised.
Bill Daly says salary cap projection given was around $74 million with the escalator, but a flat cap without the escalator.
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This could give the Blackhawks additional flexibilty to retain players, even with potential bonuses hitting for Artemi Panarin. According to GeneralFanager.com, the Blackhawks have approx. $64M committed to 15 players for next season.