The salary cap is expected to be higher than anticipated, with the cap projected to hit $75.6 million for the 2019-2020 season.
That is nearly $3 million higher than the team had projected it would be this past season.
There is a lot of money to be made, and that is why we will be tracking the salary cap throughout the season and giving you the latest projections throughout the day.
This is not an exhaustive list, but we hope to cover as many teams as possible, which could include multiple teams from the same league.
The first of these teams is the Buffalo Sabres, who have been projected to earn $6.5 million in 2019.
The cap hit is $3.75 million, but the Sabres are expected to earn over $1.5 in total in 2019 (as projected by Forbes).
The Buffalo Sabres are set to receive a massive salary increase.
That $6 million increase will pay for $2.9 million in new contracts for Ryan O’Reilly and Rasmus Ristolainen.
Risto and O’Reillys are both 30 years old and they will earn $5.9 and $6,600, respectively, in the coming season.
The Sabres are also expected to add a slew of veteran contracts.
Rian Lindell will make $2 million in the upcoming season and is set to make $4.8 million in total.
Jordin Tootoo, who was acquired by the Sabres from the Nashville Predators last offseason, is set for a massive $3-4 million contract.
Brett Ritchie, who the Buffalo organization acquired for defenseman Shea Theodore last summer, is expected the same.
Nick Leddy will make just over $700,000, making him one of the highest paid players on the Sabres roster.
If the Sabres manage to make the playoffs, it will be worth $2-3 million in extra salary.
Here is the projected cap hit for the Sabres in 2019 and the projected total salary cap hit of the 2019 NHL season.
Salary Cap Hit $75,6M $6M Roster Expansion Draft (8th overall) $3M $4M General Allocation Money (7th overall, $1M) $2M $3MR Top 6 Roster Players $1 million $2,000 Max Domi $1,700 $1K Nick Leddy $3,600 $1P Ryan O`Reilly $5,600 Max Domicic $3 $1 $2 $3 Total $6m $8M Salary Cap Hits for 2019-21: $5M $7M Expansion Draft $4,000 $5 million Top 6 Players $2 Million Max Domik $3million $4 million Ryan Ollie $2million $2m Max Dominic $3$1 million Nick Larkin $1million $1 Million Max Pacioretty $1-million $3m Max Moriselle $2billion $4million Maxime Comtois $4billion $6million Teams projected Cap Hits and Total Salary Cap Targets: Buffalo Sabres $7,5M ($3.7M salary) Nashville Predators $6-7M ($4.6M salary)* Buffalo Sabres $5-6M ($5.4M salary*) Buffalo Sabres* $4-5M ($5.1M salary*) Buffalo Sabres *$4.5M-$5.5m* Buffalo Sabres ($4M-$4.4m) Buffalo Sabres* $3-$4M ($3M salary**) Buffalo Sates* $2-$2.5million** Buffalo Sabres** $1-$2 million** The Detroit Red Wings are also set to increase their cap hits in 2019 with a projected $8.3 million increase in the 2019 salary cap, but they are expected only to increase the salary by $3 or $4 in 2019 for two reasons.
First, Detroit has a number of unrestricted free agents coming off contract at the end of the season.
Second, they are also projecting that they will be able to add some salary from their expansion draft.
Detroit is projecting $7.2 million from their 2018 expansion draft, but $6 to $7 million in cap hits.
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