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The NHL salary cap appears set to rise once more. wholesale jerseys china . According to TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, the cap is expected to rise to $71.1 million for the 2014-15 season according to a projection that was presented at the NHLs Board of Governors meeting in Pebble Beach, California. The cap is currently set at $64.3 million in this, the second season under the NHLs latest collective bargaining agreement. Teams must currently hit a minimum salary cap obligation of $44 million, based on average annual salary over the length of a players contract. The cap floor is expected to rise to roughly $52 million. "These are preliminary estimates, its in that range," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. "And I said to the board there shouldnt be any issue or consternation, if thats the cap level, its because the revenues have gone up. And thats a good thing." During the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, the NHL salary cap was $70.2 million. "I think $71 million is an indication that the NHL is healthy and thats good for everybody," St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told LeBrun. "The business is certainly healthy and its recovered quite well, and that gets reflected in an equal partnership with us and that was nice to see," said Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. The additional cap space will present an opportunity to all clubs to raise their spending. Big market teams will be looking to take advantage of the extra flexibility. "None of us know what the actual number will be at the end of the day, but a projected number in that range just adds flexibility for us and adds the opportunity for us to spend that money wisely," said Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis. "And if we can do it wisely, then we look at it as opportunity." For smaller market teams like the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets, a higher floor number to spend to could create issues. But the Jets told the Canadian Press that they were not concerned. "It doesnt affect us," said Jets chairman Mark Chipman. "Theres a rising tide for sure
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