A hefty salary cap increase is expected in 2024. That day seems very far away for the handful of NHL teams struggling with significant salary cap issues.
The Florida Panthers were forced to play with five defensemen Monday in a loss to the Boston Bruins. Instead of carrying the usual roster of 23 players, the Panthers are carrying 20 for salary cap reason.
The Panthers dressed 19 players when defenseman Brandon Montour couldn’t play because of injury.
According to Capfriendly.com, the Panthers are one of nine NHL teams that have less than $250,000 in cap space remaining. The Vegas Golden Knights, Washington Capitals, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks are in that position.
By contrast, the Detroit Red Wings have $6,598,275 in cap space remaining. Three NHL teams (Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres) have more cap space remaining than the Red Wings.
The currently cap is $82.5 million, and is expected to grow by $1 million next summer.
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