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As for the salary cap, there are multiple reports it will be $81.5 million, possibly for the next three seasons.
At the New York Post, Larry Brooks is speaking out against the flat cap, saying, “(It) will strangle contenders that historically spend to the upper ceiling, and will have to contend with arbitration and pending unrestricted free agents without the luxury of steady, even if modest, increased spending room… Less cap space not only translates into less room to add players, but also less with which to keep them. Teams will be forced to exercise buyouts.”
In terms of what the owners face, Brooks added: “No one has a clue about 2020-21 revenue. So the NHL recognized it would have to violate its principle of linking the cap to revenue, because if that held, next season’s cap could be as low as $63 million with the 2021-22 cap at what, $30 million? Then what? Teams could not construct full-game rosters.”