Good news for cap-strapped contenders, The NHL salary cap for next season is projected to be between $84 million and $88.2 million for the 2020-2021 season, according to the Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. Right now the salary cap is $81.5 million.

The cap amount for next season depends on the maximum 5 percent inflator the NHL Players’ could trigger after negotiations with the league to up the cap number.

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The $84 million figure is with a zero percent inflator;  $88.2 million projection would comprise the full 5 percent. Last season the NHLPA triggered a 1% inflator to get the cap to $81.5 million.

The salary cap figure is not expected to be finalized until late June just in time for guys like Taylor Hall and Alex Pietrangelo to back up the brinks truck and get that money.

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