The cap will crack $100M per team per season before the end of the agreement.
Just heard Rosen with Nickson say salary cap is expected to go up to $71M, with a floor of $52M.
Place your bets, folks.
So I wanted to put in a little thought here after what Bob had to say on TSN last night:
Here's the History of the cap from implementation to 2011-12:
The NHL Salary Cap from 2005 to 2012
If you assume 4% revenue growth (The NHL Average over the course of the last agreement) beyond next season because both TV deals are locked in now until 2021, it would look like this:
Year (End) Cap (In M)
The players share is already calculated in these numbers, so arguing that it won't grow at 4% is irrelevant. Sure, it could be flat a season or two, but I don't expect it to be.
In the Short Term, we've got $15M in cap space this summer to spend on 2 Top 6 D and some forwards, one of which could possibly be a scorer.
We're in fantastic shape beyond that, with Quick/Brown/Carter/Richards/Doughty/Voynov locked up long term, and Kopitar likely to get a raise long before his deal comes up in 2017.