NHL Daily: Salary Cap Rising; Date Set for Draft Lottery
The NHL’s salary cap could increase by more than $1 million next year, perhaps as high as $4.5 million, commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday during the last day of the general managers’ meetings in Florida.
The league also announced that the NHL draft lottery will be held on Monday, May 8 on ESPN. As of now, the Flyers have the fifth-worst record and have an 8.5% chance of getting the No. 1 pick with 15 games remaining. Columbus has the best chance (25.5%), according to tankathon.com.
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Philly Hockey Now: Carson Briere, whose father, Danny, is the Flyers’ interim general manager, is in the middle of a firestorm of criticism. He admitted pushing an unoccupied wheelchair down a flight of stairs. The incident was viewed my millions on social media. Philadelphia Flyers.
Draft lottery: Get the popcorn ready. The NHL has scheduled the draft lottery, a.k.a. the Connor Bedard Sweepstakes. Story.
GM meetings: Gary Bettman talked about next year’s salary cap and how general managers could have more to spend if hockey-related revenues for the rest of the season exceed projections. NHL.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Pittsburgh goalie Tristan Jarry, who is playing on a soon-to-expire contract, needs to start producing — for his sake and the Penguins’. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Montreal Hockey Now: Canadiens center Christian Dvorak, who has 10 goals and 18 assists, will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. Montreal Canadiens.
Boston Hockey Now: Bad starts have the Bruins in a slump. Yep, even powerhouses stall once in a while. Boston Hockey Now.
LA Hockey Now: Thursday will be an emotional night for two members of the Kings — Joonas Korpisalo and Vladislav Gavrikov — as they face their former team, the Columbus Blue Jackets. Korpisalo will be the backup goalie in the game. Los Angeles Kings.
New York Islanders Hockey Now: The Isles strengthened their wild-card position as Kyle Palmieri collected a career-high four points in a 6-3 comeback win at Anaheim. New York Islanders.