Report: NHL Salary Cap To Increase

At the general manager meetings on Wednesday, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told the collection of GMs that the NHL salary cap for next season is projected to be between $84 million and $88.2 million.

This would be an increase of between $2.5-6.7M from the current $81.5M ceiling.

An increase of that size would greatly help the Blackhawks as they look to tweak their roster and retain players who are headed for free agency. That list included the goaltending position, where Corey Crawford is set to become an UFA this summer, and RFA forwards Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Strome.

According to CapFriendly, the Blackhawks currently have $71,646,795 committed to 15 players on their NHL roster for the 2020-21 season.

60 thoughts on “Report: NHL Salary Cap To Increase

  1. Good news but said dependent on nhlpa negotiations, one report said no escrow payments this year, so wonder what it is dependent on exactly.

  2. Hope they utilize that extra Cap space wisely and not as a reason to overpay Strome or give a long term deal to Kubalik.I would also be careful with breaking the bank on a Crawford contract also.This team really does need a top Defensive pairing with size and speed along with a couple of Nhl wingers and a defensive Center.For all of that to happen though,a new G.M would have to be in place.If Bowman stays I believe the money goes to Strome, Kubalik,and Crawford.

  3. Yeah Tim, let’s just grab two top pair dmen with size and speed in free agency, while adding apparently more wingers and centers to an already crowded lineup. No way any of that is happening, because honestly it doesn’t need to. Wingers aren’t a problem once Brinksy gets going, and keeping Strome at center while Dach progresses as a center should be fine. Only changes would be depth signings, and I don’t think Bowman will add another dman in free agency when DeHaan comes back. Plus there’s defensive prospects such as Mitchell that will likely be ready next year, so the blue line is going to be crowded

  4. Nalimov terminted his khl contract, another goaltending possibility for off season, be an elc so caphit be low. Wouldn’t command performance bonuses either not likely.

  5. hopefully that moron bowman won’t be around to mismanage the additional funds on the salary cap.

    this is the guy who overpaid de brincat based on two years of 15.5% and 18.6% goals scored/shots on goal. for reference, kane is at 11.7% this year and 12.1% for his career. toews is at 10.7% this year and 13.9% for his career. ovechkin is 12.7% for his career. but, yeah, bowman pays de brincat like he is going to keep shooting at those percentages.

    kubalik is at 19.1% this year. absolutely unsustainable next year. he should be paid at most as would a 25 goal scorer who doesn’t put up many assists. and he isn’t a kid who will get, bigger, stronger, or faster next year. his physical size is maxed out.

    and let’s not forget how bowman shit the bed with bickell. after his first three years in the league where he averaged 15 goals per 82 games played bowman paid him $4 million per year for 4 years based on the best 23 games of his life in the 2013 playoffs. i am so scared of what number he might cave into on this deal for kubalik. i would love to see a two year bridge for $3/$3.5 million. am i dreaming?

    and by the way, let’s revisit the cap hell bowman put the team in with his lunacy of last summer. how great would it be to be able to reverse the maatta, shaw, and de haan deals and the carpenter signing and replace them for the 19-20 season with jokiharju and one year deals to three meat balls who could have helped the hawks miss the playoff just as well as those four on their three year contracts. that would leave the hawks next year with one year remaining on the elc for jokiharju at $925 thousand, $12.5 million of cap space, and the additional cap space when the cap number goes up for next year. but no, stanley had to tie up the cap for the next two years with four middle of the road/mediocre players, two of whom are injuries waiting to happen.

    you can’t make this shit up.

  6. Sounds good and everything is fine if your belief is we are all set at the wings and Strome & Dach are your 2 and 3 Centers along with Dehaan coming back as a top pairing Defenseman.I didn’t realize the Hawks and Bowman were in such a solid position.Cancel my thoughts on constructing a competitive team.All is well everyone.Good Luck.

  7. I believe had Bickell not got sick he would’ve earned every penny of that contract. He was just coming into his own, not sticking up for Bowman but what GM would of seen that illness coming.

  8. Well said Earl plus I believe Bickell was UFA or am I remembering incorrectly? Maybe he was RFA

    Whatever..a big power forward with speed, decent hands, a great shot, good D awareness and could play on the top line was definitely worth $4 million year at that time

    That playoff run for Bicks was no fluke

    His illness made the contract look bad – who knew?

  9. @Earl, I agree with you and would add a few of things.

    First, Bickell was only paid 4 million per year which was only a million over the league average so it was hardly backbreaking money.

    Second, Ryan Clowe (4.85 per for 5 years) and David Clarkson (5.25 per for 7 years) were the other coveted UFA power forwards that year and both did nothing thereafter. Bickell could actually have gotten more if he wanted, but he was never that type of guy.

    Third, in 2013 it was Bickell who eventually wore down Chara when we were on the ropes after game 3. No Bickell, no Cup.

    The Bickell-contract-killed-us-meme has never held any water, but unfortunately it never dies.

  10. Don’t forget Nathan Horton’s 7 years at 5.3 per. Played 35 total games on the contract.

  11. The problem with the Bickell deal was he didn’t have any real history of success. Was drafted in 04 so he wasn’t really young. Even in the shortened regular season he only had 23 points in 48 games. Then in the playoffs he had 17 in 23. That would be like paying James Neal for his first month this year. Then what happened? Reality. Regression to the mean.

    It was a bad deal from the get go. Back breaking? Not for most teams. But with all the players the Hawks had to protect with Vegas expansion, Teuvo would have been exposed and claimed.

  12. Sorry Rusty what happened was MS not regression to the mean unless I’m missing something

    Bickell started having these vertigo like symptoms that the doctors really couldn’t fully diagnose – he would come back to play for a while but wouldn’t be fully recovered and couldn’t play like he used to

    It took a while for the MS diagnosis to be made (he was in Carolina by then) but all the trouble he was having with vertigo like symptoms in CHI were (at least I always thought) related to undiagnosed MS or the beginnings of MS

    I think his health issued in CHI (and poor play as a result of) were related to his eventual diagnosis of MS – it’s just that no one knew it at the time

    Somebody please correct me if I’m wrong

  13. Wrap that’s right and if diagnosed sooner he would’ve been put on ltir, and trade may not have needed to happen.

  14. Good posts by all.

    I’m gonna have to give bye bye Bowman gold medal. First paragraph classic and true. Majority of bye bye’s post resonates well.

  15. The only thing I want to hear is, adding a toppar Defensemen with the extra cap space.

    Toppair or get out.

  16. Rebook, Okie and Silent and others said we need a toppair or we cant win. So it would stupid to watch 19 88 2 leave team because we didnt add a ufa toppair Defensemen from any of the teams that cant keep theres.

    Tim, I will build the roster with you.

    You guys are right about Bicks. 86 might have been able to stay then and we would have had to trade someone else though. Wonder who?

  17. Jordy, was also Shawzer who wore down Marchhand at the end of game 3. At the endof that game both 29 and 65 took Cha and March and were on top of each other. Chara on top of Bicks and Shawzer was on top of Marchhand and had his fist up and must have said something sweet to Marchhand because after the stuff at the end of that game, Marchhand didnt try anything cheap the rest of series.

    That was a 2 on 2 match right there.

    Shawzer put the fear of ‘something’ into Marchhand.

  18. Ana just beat Colorado. Can the Hawks win the Pacific if they go to that bracket. That would be the only reason I like the bracket. Give me 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5 and reseed for round two and three.

  19. @ earl, wrap, and jordy

    first i must say that i have no ax to grind with bickell. but he was a middling third line winger who, not rarely, would disappear for several games in a row. being big and fast does not make one a good hockey player. imo he was not worth the contract. especially losing teravainen because of it.

    his numbers after signing the contract and before the affects of ms:

    2013-2014 59 games – 15 points – $4 million
    2014-2015 80 games – 28 points – $4 million

    after that contract was signed jimmy hayes was traded to florida. his numbers:

    2013-2014 53 games – 18 points – $655 thousand
    2014-2015 72 games – 35 points – $925 thousand

    and quite likely the rough ride hayes got from quenneville cost the hawks in not signing kevin hayes.

    we can agree to disagree, but i believe that contact was the first in the dominoes that led to the decline.

  20. Roamn, would be good this yr/or next yr to be 7 seed so we can play those teams in playoffs. To get good experience and win some. Then were primed and have gooe players/deep roster finally again.

    Its how NAS WIN COL got started.

  21. I’m curious whether the Hawks auction off Saad at the draft. It’s a time when GMs have more time to talk about and make a deal. Keep in mind Stan traded Troy Brouwer after the team won the 2010 Stanley Cup for a first round pick which resulted in Denault.
    Saad makes $6million per year with only one year left. Either :
    A) we resign him.
    B) ride him until the trade deadline in February of 2021 or
    C) trade him at the draft to a team that wants a full 82 games from him.

  22. MO,If you read Reebok,s plan it just calls for depth guys everything else is fine and taken care of.Dehaan is your top pairing Defenseman and Mitchell should slide right in so you have too many Defensemen is his estimation.Also no need for Centers or wingers because Debrincat and Strome are rising to stardom.Now how that plan addresses getting pushed around ,rag dolled,and worn down by playoff teams on a regular basis or protecting your Goalie so he does not have to clear his own crease,I don’t know.I guess lets just hope and pray that Dehaan doesn’t fall down again or Seabrook can get his hip brace off in time for the start of the season.

  23. Bickell was a playoff hero and was paid as such. You probably assume I’m referring to the Boston series.

    Well that one too.
    I’m not sure the Blackhawks beat the Ducks in 2015 without Bickell.

    The guy got Ms and was a power forward a type of player you should expect more from in the playoffs like it or not. 83 games is a long season to play “that way”.

    Giving up tuevo to move him was a bit much….and we could argue a pick would have been nicer to move but teuvo was looking at what could have been a big raise. Personally (and I’m not the one making the calls) I think Teuvo xould have got a nice draft pick/prospect return on his own without Bickell but whatever it’s the past.
    Maybe Stan can use the new found cap space to resign Wedin…

  24. I would be the “best ever!” GM any sport has ever seen!…

    “If” I had a crystal ball & could see the future…

  25. Teuvo was not only looking at a raise but also being claimed in Vegas expansion.

    Previous comment is awaiting moderation but it links 2 articles regarding Bickell and his health. The first article was from January 2014. He had been out with knees issues and they talked about how him having to wear braces on both knees robbed him of some speed.

    The second article was how in the Western conference final in 2015 he experienced his first vertigo symptoms. In the 176 games post contract and prior to his first Vertigo bout he had 58 points. So yes, he regressed to his mean almost immediately after the contract.

  26. @ honest guy

    bickell was paid after 2013 cup. there is no way he gets that contract based on his performance the prior three years other than the cup performance. it was a “hero” contract and he was a pedestrian player. his production the two years after it was signed was far short of making that a fair compensation. then the ms set in. in the 2015 playoffs he had five assists in 18 games. a very large stretch on your part to assume the hawks don’t get past the ducks without his contribution.

    one more thing and then i will be done beating this drum. you mentioned bickell was a playoff hero and was paid as such. seabrook was a hero of all the cup victories and a career hero as well. he was paid as such as well. do you feel his hero contract is valid as well?

    if there is no cap i could care less what they do with their money. but they had gotten past the cap problems of 2010 and bickell’s contract was the beginning of getting back into the cap hell that bowman appears to embrace so well.

  27. Don’t understand the Teuvo left unprotected in Vegas expansion draft theory, when one of their protected forwards was Tomas Jurco.

  28. Some of us suffered through the Phil Esposito trade.

    And I’m still a Hawks fan.

    I miss Lou Brock too.

    And I’m still a Cubs fan.

    I DON’T miss HAWK HARRELSON, the greatest GM in the history of the Chicago White Sox.

    Give us OLCYCK for a season as coach or GM. He can have KONROYD as his side kick. Then lets see if you like the Hawks any better. Lol!!!

  29. Sign Crawford and Kubalik at market price and reasonable term. Skip Strome unless it’s a bargain with limited term. Strome still needs to prove it before getting large staxx.

  30. Maybe Reason that Blowman signed Seabrook to that dumb contract was due to your buddy, the Coach Q said to bowman After the 2015 cup… “ You sign Seabrook no matter what-WE NEED HIM”… & then gets fired… bowmans fault… Same as signing all the old retreads who would play HIS system… IMO

  31. Follow paper trail why Vermette never played again for Hawks after scoring Winning goal in 2015 SC Final…Rumored reports he wanted to back to Coyotes due to wife there and kids there in school. Funny thou.. following year he was playing for the Ducks.. Maybe Ducks moved to Az. LMAO

  32. For the past many years, around this time, Bill Daly issues a preliminary salary cap projection. The number sounds good but (someone check me on this) the actual salary cap projection almost always gets revised down and then that number is subject to further revision based on the escalator / player escrow “participation”.

    I don’t let myself get too excited about the annual Bill Daly salary cap projection. Hopefully it goes up enough to at least cover the bonus overages for this season.

  33. EB agree sounds like negotiating in the media, until they say after playoffs this is what it is, no guarantees we see this big a jump. However this a more optimistic projection than we have seen in a number of years.

  34. I am not disagreeing with anyone, when people say we would no have won this Cup or that Cup without this player or that player. We ve heard a bunch of names in the, fill in the blank line.

    I think we would have won every Cup in those scenarios. It just would have been someone else who got more goals/points/plays/contributions instead.

    We still win every Cup and have a dynasty, without these players people mention. It just would have been more by another player or the player that was in that person spot might have. Someone else would have made the plays.

    It just would have, some, of the story plot different. The end of each book still has Blackhawks winning the Cup.

    We would have won the Cup wihtout Buff, just wouldnt have been some of those hits. Instead Eags Burr Laddy other would have made that/those hits.

    We were that good, just be a slightly different written plot.

  35. Not 100% sure but sounds like 84m cap is with no escrow payments, and 88.2m is players using full escalator and have big escrow payments again. If that’s the case, shouldn’t drop below 84m level for next season.

  36. The thing about a higher cap is that is seems great until you realize all the other teams get it too…so it opens up a lot of money for someone else to bid these UFAs higher. Then all we have is more expensive tickets and beer.

  37. Come on guys.We all remember Coach Ditka’s philosophy about those who live in the past.Let’s work on opening everyone’s eyes to the obvious flaws and hopefully get them addressed so the playoffs are a yearly guarantee.And for God’s sake,if you intend on signing and keeping Crawford let’s not play him every game that’s left and let’s protect him from the nightly hits to the head and crashing of his crease.

  38. With the cap it always ends of being what they said, the forst time. From the first time to the accouncement it changes and people start rumors and say crazy things, then at the end of the day/the day its official it basically is always exactly what they said first time. So that means cap is

    84m or the higher amount if escrow.

  39. Seabrooks contract is about three million too much.
    I would have let him walk.
    The cap will be below what’s predicted especially if attendance drops if this virus spreads

  40. @ tim w.

    a lot to appreciate with what you said. the issue with the past, in this instance, is that bowman is the architect. on this site alone there are many and varied opinions about what this team needs in terms of an influx of talent to the roster. there are not many opinions that don’t include, at least, bowman being gone. many of us, myself included, want mc donough out the door as well.

    i have always played the long game in my life as far as planning for the future. what works best for the short term often times does not work best for the extended future. i believe bowman has generally managed this franchise to make the playoffs in the season in front of him to placate the president who knows nothing about hockey. often times those machinations have hurt the team for the seasons following. (such as the abysmal attempt to crawl into the playoffs this year with contracts that put the team right back into cap space hell next year). that is very short sighted and not the way to build sustained, stable success for a franchise. so being the mule i am, i guess i will continue to beat that drum until that horrid cabal of mismanagement is out the door at which time i will be 100% supportive of the new regime and hoping for the best.

  41. Hall, he could take the loop bus from ANA to ARI and get there by morning. Cant do that from great lakes.

    Like that guy said, noone can see future before it happens. You cant just sell high and buy low, you can if your a shit team not if your the dynasty team of these 20 yrs and first/maybe only ever in salary cap era. So you go as long as you can-thats what it takes to keep those players.

    Why would we chop half the core and most role players to load up on picks-picks vrs players right, when you have a dynasty going. Even of the players are in there 2nd halfs of career age wise. Sorry Micheal Jordan your getting trade 3 championships and cant play for 6 here because you are now over 30 and we have to laod up the prospect pool and hope/pray some of them are good players-at best.

  42. Honest Guy that coukd definitely impact bottom line, especially if playoffs affected.

    From what i read, some if things involved are $650m coming from Seattle for new franchise, a new expected to be very lucrative tv deal with Nbc or higher bi?der be in place in another year. Players not using escalator and agreeing on no olympic participation and maybe agree on another Bettman cup type instead. Not using option to reopen was first step.

    If your issue were to come true players would still have escalator as they did in past to bring cap up to 84 if they wanted to.

  43. Not defensing anyone here, Bowman added thos players with caphits for more then just this yr, to field a full NHL-player roster. Which is not quality deep. Its full-deep.

    He must have planned on trading which ever players of those at some point/or letting contract yrs runout on own.

    The idea there, must have been/or then its crazy, we have lots and lots of good players coming/some here already 27 77 8, on elcs and more coming. So while these elc players are getting noddles wet we can have players on those caphits. Then once the elce players are ready for bridges and were ready to have a quality deep roster, those players wont be here anymore.

    That has to be why, otherwsie yea it would be crazy.

    We have known for awhile now-since Noonan, that were not quality deep again until young wave is ready and established. That is not far from now, now.

    Need new system and gm that will get the player-type were missing.

  44. Great, more money for Bowman to give bonuses to Dach, Boqvist and Kubalik! Overpay another 4th line player or a backup goalie that we never needed!
    Loved Bickell who was never a scorer in the NHL or Junior but a difference maker in the playoffs, especially against the Bruins…(Thx Dale)…and when he lined up with Bolland and Stalberg. But, as usual, he was overpaid! And we lost Teuvo!
    We don’t need a defensive centerman, we need someone like Charlie Coyle or Logan Couture to play as a 3rd line center while Dach matures as a second line center. Dach is not ideal for Kane but an upgrade from Strome.
    Strome might be a better fit for Kane but he is so slow and weak defensively, that it won’t work against elite teams. Thus he can’t play as a second line center against Malkin, Krecji, Hayes, Mathews, etc….
    A Ryan Nugent Hopkins type player would have been great for Kane or…oh yeah, Nick Schmaltz?
    Team needs wingers with size and skill. We can’t replace Hossa and Sharp by Cagg and Nylander???
    Get rid of Smith and Carpenter! And trade Nylander along with Beaudin for a player like Anderson from Columbus. Or trade Beaudin, Strome, Nylander and Wise to Ottawa for Brady Tkachuk and a prospect!!!
    Even a Connor Brown from Ottawa for Beaudin. Sign Crawford for a friendly deal and get a cheap backup whether its Subban or Lankinen not Delia. No free agent goalie is worth more than Crawford unless your name is Price. Lehner will ask for too much money and he’s not worth it.
    Maybe one of the Russian Ranger goalie prospects!

  45. Bye Bye Bowman, Yes sir!I am with your vision all the way.Until he is relieved of decision making ,along with the Marketing Guy seated in the President’s seat,this organization is going to be shortsighted and chasing its tail in Hope’s of getting into the playoffs.

  46. @ rusty

    they aren’t standard if they played this year in the whl and ahl where they belonged. instead they were part of bowman’s short sighted plan to thumb his nose at the future and seek the immediate gratification of sliding into the bottom of the playoff structure this year, please mc donough, and maybe save his job. a plan which most likely will not pan out.

    they do belong on this roster because boqvist is one of the best six d-men and dach is arguably the second best center on this terribly flawed and inadequate roster.

    but that is counter balanced by blowing a year on each of their elcs and starting their ufa clocks. translated > stupidity in terms of future cap management.

  47. Ian, with trading the caphits of 40 amd 56 and what we already were banking. Are we going to cover every player bonuses for this yr/and past. So that were square going into 21 season? Then were good other then a yr of elc thing.

  48. So, as we look at tonights lineup, especially the top 9, all we need to find is an upgrade from Cagg and Nylander.
    Thus, you could have Cagg or Fortin or anyone skate along with Kampf and Highmore to buzz as a 4th line, right? Pretty obvious, right Stan?
    So, why spend cash on Carpenter who cannot keep up with anyone in the NHL?
    Why trade for Smith who has a ludicrous contract for a 4th line player?
    And why did we sign Lehner , a career back up for $5million?
    Just imagine for a moment Burakowsky, Donskoi JT Miller or Brett Donnelly or top 6 wingers to replace Cagg and or Nylander.
    This why Bowman has no clue, no vision on what the team needs. Yeah, he may have found a shooter in Kubalik who is a very one diumensional player buy has size and speed. But the NHL also has proven players like Perron or others that would have given Toews and Kane another good shot at the playoffs.

  49. This is what happens when the refs, again, donot call a 5min major for elbow to face on 5.

    Should have been 5 min PP, up 4-1 opportunity.

    Okie said it best, this yr the refs/league have tried to screw us out of 4 or 5 wins and the other team were playing, even once? No not once.

    Thats 2 hits to the helmet/head/face in 3 games and no penaltys.

    We need a John Scott to make other team pay for it. Scoring a PP goal doesnt make them pay with there own medicine.

  50. Hull65 they paid Lehner 5 million for two reasons-
    based on his health history you couldn’t count on a whole season from Crow. And I believe having Crow sit quite a bit at his age is helping him down the stretch.
    # 2 is they wanted to make the playoffs and he is a good goalie who actually contributed to many of the points that the Hawks got in the first two thirds of the season-it was a 5 million dollar move but not that much of a gamble. He seemed to falter a bit and so did a big part of the team.

    Please put more thought into this. This wasn’t a bad move by Bowman-there are some but not this.

  51. @ Bye Bye Bowman

    Thank you! Been telling folks for a while no way Debrincat was gonna keep shooting 16-18%+. It just doesn’t happen over time. I think he can still be a perennial 25-30 goal scorer on average, and he shouldn’t keep shooting under 9% like he was coming into tonight, but the problem with Cat is he’s pretty one dimensional and a defensive liability. Bowman overpaid. Should’ve been give a 2 or 3 year bridge deal for 4/4.5 million a year tops. That said, nice to see him have a good game tonight. Hopefully he can finish strong.

  52. @ Morrison

    How the refs missed that elbow to Murphy’s head is beyond me. I’m just thankful he’s ok. That was a dangerous hit. Nice to get the two points, but that 3rd period was ugly. This team has a bad habit of getting complacent with a multi goal lead. Sucks the Stars couldn’t do us s favor and beat the Preds, and the Wild are tied with the Sharks in the second as I type this. Might not make up any ground on either team tonight.

  53. Mo without Lehners salary and doesn’t look like be paying big bonuses, plus Highmore and Carlsson be off main roster at that point, should be fine.

  54. Are Dach and Boqvist going to hit any of those bonuses? Doubtful. And yes they are standard. Strome signed and played 2 years more of junior and 50 games of ahl experience and he still has bonuses. In fact, his are the largest attainable.

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