The NHL salary cap rising within the next three seasons doesn't sound so promising amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the league and players' association are working to get a deal done that would extend the current CBA.
If the salary cap doesn't rise, many teams will be forced to make some very difficult decisions, and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman essentially noted that things likely won't improve for a while.
"As part of the agreement, the salary cap will be kept close to the current $81.5 million for the next three seasons," Friedman reported Thursday. "There is potential for it to go up $1 million in 2022-23."
Other points of discussion include an escrow cap and salary deferrals for players. The potential agreement between the two sides caps escrow at 20 percent for the 2020-21 season, according to Friedman, and it comes after original estimates had escrow at 35 percent if the season wasn't completed.
Several players have voiced their frustrations with the league amid discussions, including New York Ranger star Artemi Panarin, who stated high escrow levels are protecting the owners' income.
Even Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler chimed in, saying the players are "done paying their debts."
It’s about time..... the owners need to understand we’re done paying their debts..... you run your team into the ground it’s on you .... if there’s a pandemic it’s on the owners... figure it out it’s not a free ride @NHL @NHLPA pic.twitter.com/9qPpWvYiQE— Ryan Kesler (@Ryan_Kesler) June 25, 2020
Negotiations to extend the CBA have been linked to the NHL's return to play, and quite frankly, players seem uncomfortable making any major decisions at this time.