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December 9, 2013 3:32 pm

NHL Board of Governors Meetings Preview

The NHL’s board of governors are meeting in Pebble Beach this week, and one of the more central topics being raised will be the extent to which the salary cap will rise next season. For a team such as the Kings that spends up to the cap and has six players signed through at least 2019, this has important consequences.

For a closer look at the meetings, Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail has a preview.

An excerpt detailing the expected rise of the salary cap:

Those with a conservative view think it could be as little as $68-million. A greater number suggest it could return to the psychologically significant $70-million plateau, which would leave it roughly where it was pre-lockout ($70.2-million).

Many NHL GMs anticipate the big bump will come in 2015, when the cap could go to $75-million or higher, because of the Canadian TV deal and a few other irons the NHL has in the fire, particularly relating to opportunities in Europe. If an agreement for a World Cup of hockey can be reached, not likely before 2016, the cap could approach $80-million.

For a video preview, EJ Hradek of the NHL Network spoke with NHL Insider Darren Dreger.

UPDATE: The salary cap is expected to rise to roughly 71 million dollars next season, with an expected floor of 52 million.

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