Dan Boyle (22), Joe Thornton (19) and Patrick Marleau (12) are all scheduled to be unrestricted free agents this summer. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NHL Salary Cap To Skyrocket To $71.1 Million For 2014-15


The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors learned Monday the projected salary cap for 2014-15 will be $71.1 million, an increase of nearly $7 million per team.

According to Darren Dreger of TSN, the Canadian sports television network, via Twitter:

 

 

This year’s cap is $64.3 million. The San Jose Sharks are currently very close to the cap, according to capgeek.com, with just $158,333 available in the event of a long-term injury of for adding salary at the trade deadline.

The Sharks have nearly $46.8 million committed  for next season, with several key players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, including captain Joe Thornton ($7 million this season), forward Patrick Marleau ($6.9 million) and defenseman Dan Boyle (almost $6.7 million).

That sort of cap escalation does make one wonder why the owners were so intractable during last year’s lockout.

The league also approved its proposed deal for Canadian broadcast rights, a 12-year contract that will pay $5.2 billion (Canadian).

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