from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly, as first reported by Sportsnet on Tuesday, has counseled club executives that the cap, which will increase by $1 million to $83.5 million next year, is expected to rise to an approximate $87.5 million to $88 million for 2024-25 and up to $92 million for 2025-26.
Though those represent projections and not guarantees, that would represent a two-year increase of 10.18 percent. That would signify the biggest such jump since an 11.04 percent increase over the two-season span from 2013-14 to 2015-16.
That is welcome news for Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury, who will be charged with keeping goaltander Igor Shesterkin on Broadway before he can hit the open market in, somewhat serendipitously, 2025-26.
Keep in mind that by that time, the strict no-move clauses will have expired on Chris Kreider’s and Jacob Trouba’s deals, both following 2023-24. The same holds true for Vincent Trocheck’s after 2024-25. Those will not be insignificant considerations when it comes time.
But the news does not equate to nirvana. It is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. Not with Alexis Lafreniere and K’Andre Miller coming up on second contracts after this season as restricted free agents. It will remain a challenge for Drury to negotiate those deals while facing a mere $1 million cap increase to $83.5 million for 2023-24.