CHICAGO -- Commissioner Gary Bettman said during a press conference at United Center that he doesn't expect the NHL salary cap to change all that much next season.
The upper limit entering the 2009-10 season was $56.8 million, which was $100,000 more than the previous season. While Bettman wouldn't give an exact figure Monday night, he said he doesn't expect the number for 2010-11 to be that much different.
"I think we're going to be flat or maybe up a tad," Bettman said. "Our revenues, and again it is premature, we're either going to be flat or up or down a little bit. We have to factor in the Canadian dollar. Last year, in local currency, we were up 5 percent. But because the Canadian dollar went down by about 12 or 13 cents, that kind of sheltered the growth.
"This year, I think local revenues are going to be flat, or up or down a little bit, and the Canadian dollar's up. I always see these projections that we're going to be down 20 percent because of the economy -- not true. We'll probably be up a little bit or flat. I don't think it will be down."
The salary cap was $39 million when it was implemented for the 2005-06 season. In 2006-07, the salary cap was $44 million. In 2007-08, it was $50.3 million.
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4