CBC's Eliotte Friedman was on Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto yesterday and reported that some around the NHL expect the salary cap to rise to $80 million in just four years. The current cap is set at $64.3 million and is forcing six teams (Flyers, Bruins, Penguins, Red Wings, Sharks, and Kings) to shed salary before the beginning of the season.
The cap increase is good news for the Flyers as they have one more year of Claude Giroux at a reasonable cap hit of $3.75 million before his eight-year cap hit of $8.275 million takes affect. For a team that usually toes the line of the salary cap, the potential increase gives the Flyers some more flexibility.
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