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2013-14 Salary Cap May Be An Issue

from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,

...with the current season pretty much a write-off already, the chickens of labour unrest will come home to roost a year from now, when the league gets back to a full 82-game schedule.

That is the year that the league wants the salary cap to fall to $60-million, down from $70-million (pro-rated) in 2013.

Naturally there is some anxiety in the players camp at the prospect of such a steep drop - and likely among some of the league's more ambitious owners too.

Clubs like Boston and Philadelphia and Vancouver have been loading up on contracts to deliver themselves a reasonable window to contend for a Stanley Cup.

The result is a lot of guaranteed money on the books. If the cap comes down to $60-million filling out a 23-man becomes a challenge.

The Vancouver Canucks already owe $60.7-million to just 13 players in 2013-14 (figures provided by capgeek.com); Philadelphia owes $59-million to 16 players and Boston will be trying to find seven players with just $2.9-million to spend.


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redxblack's avatar

Is it just me, or does it seem like a huge assumption that the NHL would definitely have a full season next year? This lockout could go on forever, if that’s the desire of the league/teams.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/30/12 at 09:31 AM ET


Nah, there’s going to be a season next year… it’ll just have replacement players and whichever current NHLers actually want to play.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/30/12 at 09:46 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

I don’t see a scab league getting off the ground. A parallel WHA-style is just as likely.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/30/12 at 05:25 PM ET


Not a scab league at all, it’ll just be the same teams with different players.  Whichever guys want to come in under the new league rules and then guys at the AHL level who want a shot, stuff like that.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/30/12 at 08:43 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Replacing union hands =scab.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/30/12 at 10:27 PM ET

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