NHL GM Meetings 2016: Top Takeaways Regarding Salary Cap, Potential Expansion

March 16th, 2016 by Timothy Rapp Leave a reply »

The NHL is reportedly expected to announce whether or not the league will expand by June's entry draft, per TSN's Darren Dreger. 

According to Dreger, the decision will also involve whether that potential expansion would include one or two teams. Per Dreger, the next step in the process will be for the executive committee to make its recommendation, with the feeling among the general managers that the league will expand by one team, likely to be based in Las Vegas.

As for the salary cap, Dreger reported it was "expected to top out around $74 million" in 2016.

But talk of expansion was the big news of the day. Dreger shared more information from the GM meetings on how the expansion draft would potentially work:

The NHL's deputy commissioner, Bill Daly, said prospects and any first- or second-year professional players—which includes AHL players—would be exempt from the expansion draft, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. Daly added that in a one-team expansion, NHL teams could only lose one player in the draft; in a two-team expansion, NHL teams could lose u ...

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