NHL Notebook: Winds of Change

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  • Bieksa4Norris

    Do some research.

    Regardless of the new TV deal the cap was always going to go up. Both the league and the PA differed on the rate of revenue growth but even they agreed it was going to go up (and thus the cap).

    Also, the 30 teams don’t split the $5.2B equally. The 7 Canadian teams split 35% of the pie and the US teams split the remaining 65%. Lots of talk about this already. The Canadian teams are expected to get around $21 million each, while the US teams should get around $12 million.

    Lastly, the cap is always based on previous season’s revenue. That means next season’s cap is based on this season’s revenue. The TV deal takes into effect next season so it won’t be included in calculating next season’s cap number. (That’s not to say the Canucks couldn’t still target a lot of the star forwards turning UFA after this season.)

  • Sporting Vancouver

    Yes, you’re right, the cap was going to go up next year anyways. This deal will increase it even further down the road (yes, it won’t affect the cap until the season after it comes into effect). It seems as though this Rogers deal was higher than most had expected for a new Canadian TV deal.
    However, regardless of the breakdown between US and Canadian teams, the cap is based on league-wide hockey-related revenue, so how the TV pie gets divvied up among the teams is irrelevant to the cap as it is based on overall HRR.

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