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NHL Salary Cap Set At $75 Million; Golden Knights Unaffected

The Golden Knights GM said that his team will not be impacted by the announcement of the NHL's salary cap limit

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Perhaps lost in the news cycle on Sunday behind the other 30 NHL teams' protected lists being released was the announcement of the league's salary cap limit for next season.

$75 million per team is the upper limit.

$55.4 million is the salary cap floor.

In their first season, the Golden Knights must spend to the salary cap floor on their NHL roster. Which with only three players currently under contract, gives Vegas boatloads of cap space under which to acquire players via the Expansion Draft, trades and free agency.

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Speaking to media on Sunday, however, George McPhee said the changes to the salary cap from last season wouldn't impact the Golden Knights.

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In 2016-17, the salary cap was set at $73 million.

"Well, two percent more," McPhee said. "But no, we're going to do what we have to do to build a good team, and if we have to go to the cap, we will.

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"But that affected other teams more than it affects us."

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