NHL’s salary cap rise gives Maple Leafs more wiggle room, adds hope to league

For the first time since 2019, the NHL’s salary cap is officially rising.
Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly addressed the media. The two spoke on a number of topics, but never really mentioned how much the salary cap would rise.
That was, until Thursday evening when the NHL and NHLPA confirmed that the salary cap is rising to $82.5 million for the upcoming season.

The NHL and NHLPA have confirmed the 2022-23 salary cap range: $82.5M ceiling, with a $61M floor.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 16, 2022

This isn’t a significant jump by any means, nor were we expecting a huge rise. However, it’s one that gives the Maple Leafs a bit more room to move pieces around. As of right now, Toronto has a projected cap hit of $75,405,616, meaning they have $7,094,384 in projected space to use this summer.
Although it’s only a $1 million increase, it’s still a significant enough amount where it catapults you into a bit of comfortability with the Jack Campbell negotiations. I’m not sure how much it changes, really, but you’d think discussions could get a little warmer as we get closer to July.
Add that with the report that the Maple Leafs are just finishing their pro scouting meetings and this could end up being an interesting few weeks. Again, though, it’s only a million bucks and other players need to be added to Toronto’s roster too, so it’s not that big of a change.
But the salary cap rise isn’t just good for this season, but the future of a cap world in the NHL. Let’s be frank, players need to be paid a lot more for their work and it’s about time they did so. To get to that point, the salary cap needs to go up significantly.
And maybe it will.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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