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NHL Announces Higher Salary Cap for 2024-25; Exceeds Expectations

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The NHL announced the official salary cap for the 2024-25 season and it’s a bit higher than expected.

The salary cap limit for next season is $88 million, rising from $83.5 million. The cap floor will be $65 million; however, given the sale of the Arizona Coyotes and relocation to Utah, no team is expected to struggle to meet the cap floor.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are projected to have about $13 million in salary cap space and about $10 million after signing restricted free agents.

In December, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman projected the cap to rise by 5% to $87.7 million. However, pursuant to the NHL CBA, it’s based on revenues that players and owners share 50/50, and revenues came in slightly stronger than forecasts. This is the first year in which the cap will rise significantly since 2020 when the NHL season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020, players received the majority of their compensation but were forced to repay the owners for the revenue loss due to the lack of Stanley Cup Playoffs and limited or no attendance for much of the following season.

The repayment was spread over several years, and the debt was satisfied this season.

Several players took short free-agent deals last July in order to cash in on the expected rise this summer. Several high-paid players, such as Tyler Bertuzzi, signed one-year deals so they could be free agents again when the cap rises.

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Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
7 days ago

Kyle, spend it wisely or not at all!

JoJo
JoJo
6 days ago

Of course now that we are sinking with tank commander Mike Sullivan the cap is skyrocketing

Vittorio Di Stazio Jr
Vittorio Di Stazio Jr
6 days ago

I don’t see how Dan came to 13 million? I did the math on the Pens cap myself last night and I came to the conclusion that they will have closer to 17 million. Yes the RFA contracts will lower the number but they still will have at least 14 million.