After the bad news that was Game 3, there’s some potentially good news coming because of the new NBC/NHL television deal.
The big question, then, will be when the NHLPA looks at the season ahead, and sees $120 million in new TV money, along with $57 million in beer money as well, will they funnel all that into a higher salary cap figure, or stick to the usual 5%, and give themselves some opportunity to reduce the escrow which is withheld from every player in the league? Considering those two major deals alone, they could justify a cap increase of $3.36 million ($177 million times 57%, divided by 30 teams), or 5.6%. That’s completely separate from the general growth of the game.
We can only hope that this will mean that there’s enough room to bring back all of the Habs key players who are facing free agency – and yes, another year of Mathieu Darche (at an increased pay rate).