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The Daily: Salary Cap Rising $4 Million in ’24; Do Avs Need Goalie?



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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman delivered good news at the Board of Governors meeting Wednesday by saying next season’s salary cap is expected to rise by up to $4.5 million. With the salary cap currently at $83.5 million, the preliminary cap projection has it landing at between $87-88 million.

Bettman stressed the numbers are very, very preliminary.

This is important news for teams because the salary cap, due to the COVID-19 complications, has only grown by a total of $4 million since 2018-19.

This is also good news for the Red Wings who have Moritz Seider, Michael Rasmussen and Lucas Raymond to re-sign next summer.  David Perron is the highest profile unrestricted free agent. According to, the Red Wings only have 12 players signed for next season. With the expected increase in the salary cap, the Red Wings will have about $30 million in salary cap space to put their roster together.

Red Wings Next Game

Detroit plays in Toronto against the Atlantic Division rival Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. The Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in Pittsburgh Wednesday night. Former Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic was in Pittsburgh’s net. Rookie Simon Edvinsson scored the game-winner. On Thursday, the Red Wings  released former NHLer Artem Anisimov from his tryout agreement.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • Detroit Red Wings prospect Dmitri Buchelnikov  moving to a different team in the KHL.
  • Red Wings defenseman Jeff Petry brings a low-key approach to the start of hisi first season in Detroit.
  • Joe Veleno’s goal this season is to be a better all-around player this season. He believes that will increase his scoring numbers.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Jimmy Murphy writes that the Boston Bruins have discovered some intriguing center candidates in their rookie class.

Chicago: Connor Bedard boasts five points in three games. What do those mean? Nate Brown looks at Bedard’s preseason. Chicago Blackhawks.

Colorado: Should the Avalanche be concerned about the Pavel Francouz injury situation? Should they be shopping for another backup? Colorado Avalanche

Philadelphia: Sam Carchidi writes that Joel Farabee is starting to look like his old self for the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Washington: Goalie Darcy Kuemper looked a bit rusty in his preseason debut. Washington Capitals.