Report: NHL Salary Cap Could Go Up $2-3 Million

The sticking point here is obviously the players voting to approve the escalator clause, which Daly notes. Escrow isn’t popular with the players, the NHLPA has the ability to vote for a five percent increase in the cap each year. The Players Association didn’t vote for a full increase for the 2016-17 season, which is why the NHL salary cap is $73M this year.

You can see the Blackhawks cap commitments for next year at We wrote about the Blackhawks free agency decisions coming this summer earlier.

26 thoughts on “Report: NHL Salary Cap Could Go Up $2-3 Million

  • March 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    A $2.5M-$3M increase in the Cap – GREAT! That should be about what Stan needs to pay the Campbell and Panarin bonuses.

  • March 8, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    League revenue has stagnated. Nothing great about that.

  • March 8, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    July 8, 2014 at 11:10 am
    “It scares me to assume the cap is going to just keep increasing.”

    Because the two major long-term television deals and increased revenues enjoyed by the league are suddenly going to dip because…?

    That was Tab I response to me prior to the 19 and 88 extensions.

  • March 8, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Not at any point in time did we need to trade a core player because if the salary cap. Keep the entire core and get through the bottle neck. Beauty.

  • March 8, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I do not mind the salary cap at all. I have said before that IMHO the Cap has helped the Hawks to create the near dynasty they have going. Few teams have managed the Cap as brilliantly as SB (and DT). The Pens, Rangers and Blues come to mind. While bad Cap management has has hurt the likes of Detroit and LA

    If the Cap were significantly higher it would really equalize the playing field for GMs not as good at Cap management. The Cap is the highest form of competition. I love the way SB has been able to pivot and change his own thinking about the role of veterans and prospects. Of course scouting has a lot to do with it as well.

  • March 8, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Not complaining about the cap at all. But Morrison, wasn’t Brandon Saad a core player?

  • March 8, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Mike, that’s a well reasoned positive spin and it could be argued the Hawks would not have acquired Hossa if the Cap hadn’t forced Detroit to decide between keeping only one of Hossa or Franzen.

    However, given the choice between having a salary cap and not, and looking at it not from a league competitiveness perspective but solely from Hawks fan’s perspective of wanting to win multiple Cups, I would rather not have the Cap, or at least not the hard cap the NHL has.

    While a case can be made that Stan’s ability to manage the Cap better than other GMs, so too can a case be made the Rocky’s ability and willingness to pay for elite players gives the Hawks an advantage over many other organizations.

    But, all that is just grist for the mill because the NHL has a hard salary cap and every year Stan needs to navigate a coarse through whatever new challenges are presented to him. History shows the results are usually pretty good.

  • March 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Sharpy was/getting to his 10 prime yrs though, Saader wasnt yet/would have been. So I see 20 replaced 10 as a core guy. With Bread Man taking a core spot after 20 wouldnt do bridge. The same amount we always did.

  • March 8, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    We lost Sharp,Saad ,Oduya,Buff,Ladd, and a few other guysbut still we have one of the best team in NHL .i still think we have a great core with many new young players coming in ..what we will need soon is one big Dman to replace Seabrook in 2-3 years ..dman who can Hit that time the Bowmans will figure out what to do ..year after years the Bowmans find a way to get players to work with IQ system …
    Love my Hawks …

  • March 8, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Ladd was never “core”, Ladd was as core as Versteeg. Ditto Byfuglien. Oduya while valuable was just a guy. One that was aging and turning the puck over too often. Was Brian Campbell part 1 “core”? No.

    Saad was. Stan said so. Problem was Saad was a list and wanted money. Which is fine. Go get it. But don’t bullshit a bullshitter. He was top line, pp,pk. Replace with Panarin…I guess you can think that if you’d like. But you still lost a core guy because of the cap. And that’s fine too. You got the long missing 2c…And the results were immediate.

  • March 8, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    When I posted that I actually meant now/going forward, not the other times.

  • March 8, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    I would take Saad over Breadman any day of the week . The way it has worked out they both cost roughly the same at this point ,but i,ll take an American born muli dimensional guy over the Russian one dimensional guy we are stuck with now . I know some of you folks got a real boner for Panarin but ,.,..,,i am not sold ,.,. we will see come playoff time if he can fight through the wear and tear ,.,.,see if his one trick pony can help us win .

  • March 9, 2017 at 12:07 am

    I agree with those who like the way SB handles the cap. SB has a way of coming up with players like Richard Panik. What a steal that was. Jeremy Morin is in the AHL for Arizona. I have a feeling that Tomas Jurco is going to be another steal. Look at his youtube highlights. He has amazing moves on shootouts and just shows a lot of potential.

  • March 9, 2017 at 12:09 am

    My youtube video did not display properly. Do a youtube search: The Best of Tomas Jurco

  • March 9, 2017 at 12:11 am

    My youtube video did not display properly. Do a youtube search.

  • March 9, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Do a youtube search. My video did not display.

  • March 9, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Jurco is no Richard Panik lol
    -seriously he seems to be a step slower than when he first arrived in the NHL. Looks like he has filled out some as well.

  • March 9, 2017 at 10:59 am

    While Panarin’s upcoming contract will match the previous expected contract of Saad, we did get 2 years of Panarin (with ROY performance in year 1) and Anisimov at a slightly higher price tag.

    Granted with Pan’s next contract it becomes a question about who you would rather have, but all things considered I fell like it has worked out for the position the Hawks were in… signing Panarin and his overall adaption/performance has made that possible.

    Cap increase will always help/allow more options for Stan – won’t be as clearly backed into a corner, but looking forward is all about draft/sign and develop young talent with an eye on some of the special guys to start taking over a few years down the road. The D side of things is most concerning, as you need to start finding some heirs for Keith/Seabs pretty soon and the pipeline is fairly bare for high end prospects to start development. With the DRW, they had the core/talent that started aging and never really got great top-end replacements. I give them credit for continuing to hold together the playoff streak, but eventually it will catch up.

  • March 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Comparing overall, its 10/20 or 72/15. 15 is 5 yrs younger then 10. 10 prime yrs of 20 or 72 is same. Caphits are better 20/72 same 15 is better then 10. When 72 gets around 8 then its same and that is 4 yrs of a better caphit when needed and then when its same salary cap has gone up each yr to cover it.

    Top defenseman could be available when ufa/27, it doesnt have to be draft. 42 might be good.

  • March 9, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Love Saad and have his jersey.

    Here’s another good Saad vs. Panarin “what if?” – is Kane a perennial Hart candidate with 20 on this team instead of 72/15?

  • March 9, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Panarin is 1 assist out of 10th for forwards. If he finishes the year 10th or better, thats 1.725 you dont have to pay. If he’s outside the top ten it looks like you have 2.025 in bonuses with roughly 127k in space.

    8-19-14 (at 2,5)
    64-67(at 750)- Jurco (at 750)

    6( at 1.25)-57


    1.897378 in overage.

    73.573 cap hit

  • March 9, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    EDIT- 1.725 you would have to pay if Panarin is 10th or better

  • March 9, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I thought 72 was plenty far away from that. I didn’t know assists, thought it just was top 10 in points or goals or points per game or goals per game. Theres another .212 or so if not in top 3 FW in +-, only way for that is 88/15 and maybe another FW gets above.

  • March 9, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I misread.

    “1,725,000 for any of the following achievements – top 10 forward in the league in goals/assists/points/points per game (min 42GP);”

    Per game. Not overall. He’s .58 apg, .62 is the current threshold.

  • March 9, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Shit, didnt know about assists. Going to need Bread Man to get his point by goals not assists for these games.

    Good thing he usually gets 1.5 assists ratio so based on him not getting that many goals in those 20 games he should get goals not as may assist in these 20 games.

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