Rangers Roundup: NHL announcements and how much cap space will Gorton have next season
The NHL made a lot of announcements yesterday and here they are:
Bettman says 2019-20 salary cap ceiling will be roughly $83 million.
— John Matisz (@MatiszJohn) December 3, 2018
NHL realignment is coming whenever the expansion franchise in Seattle arrives. While the plan won’t be announced until Sunday at the Board of Governors meeting, there’s significant indication that the Arizona Coyotes would be shifted to the Central… https://t.co/e15lRk62Da
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) December 4, 2018
New format for #NHLAllStar weekend this year in San Jose. Media day on Thurs. Jan. 24. Skills Competition on Fri. Jan. 25. Then the 64th #NHL All-Star Game will be played on Sat. Jan. 26 – in primetime. It had been traditionally played on Sunday afternoon, of course.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) December 4, 2018
Rangers Cap Projections
Salary cap projection for next season is $83 million, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. Cap this season is $79.5 million. It’s a rough number for next season and can change to go up or down slightly, but the League has been good with these projections in the past.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) December 3, 2018
The Rangers currently have less than $2M in cap space available.
Based on expiring contracts and next year’s new cap limit, the impact looks as follows:
15 players under contract, $23,069,724 in available cap space.
This is with both Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello not on the books due to expiring contracts and several unsigned RFA’s like Pavel Buchnevich, Neal Pionk, and Tony DeAngelo. Also note that players like Brenden Smith and Marc Staal are accounted for in the cap hit.
$23M seems like a lot to sign anywhere between 7-8 players, it only allows for potentially one major free agent signing, unless the Rangers can create more room by moving or buying out either Smith or Staal.