The NHL has apparently given its players fair warning.
Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday that the NHL informed the NHLPA this week that next season's salary cap could dip below $70 million should the players not exercise the escalator clause built into the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The escalator was designed to have the cap rise five percent every year - something that would ordinarily be in the players' best interest. But current economic factors, like the revenue downturn and weak Canadian dollar, may impact escrow in a manner that might ultimately cost the players, should they vote in favor.
That said, and regardless of whether or not the proviso was a scare tactic, the threat of the salary parameters sinking below $70 million might be motivation enough for the players to vote in the five-percent escalator - especially the ones entering free agency.
The salary cap for the 2015-16 season was $71.4 million.
A Ben Lovejoy point shot gave the Pittsburgh Penguins an early Game 3 lead during the first period, and another helped his team reclaim its one-goal advantage before the end of the second.
With less than a minute remaining in the middle frame, Lovejoy's long wrister was tipped in front by Patric Hornqvist, sneaking under the right arm of Martin Jones to put the Penguins up 2-1 over the Sharks heading into the third.
Thanks to the fine work of SB Nation video editor @Nick_Pants, Murray fell victim to the classic "controller disconnected" gag.
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports implied shortly after that most older video games featured CPU-controlled goalies - thereby killing the joke - but online team play allows for user-controlled netminders, so, in our opinion, the gag still works.
Next season, Russian hockey fans will have options.
The nation's greatest athletic exports will be carried live for the first time, as it has been announced that the NHL reached a multi-platform partnership with Eurosport to broadcast games for the next three seasons.
"This agreement with Eurosport will come as great news to NHL fans in Russia," the NHL's Executive Vice President of Media Distribution and Strategy said in a statement.
"Our global strategy and commitment is to bring the biggest stars in the NHL into homes around the world and to inspire the future generation of NHL players."
Eurosport is the leader in winter sports coverage in Europe. It broadcasts major international tournaments and competitions for a variety of popular winter sports, and also provides coverage for Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.
And the 18-year-old's ambitions don't stop there. "I have the best ability to become the best player in the NHL someday," Laine said, according to Sportsnet's Matt Brown.
The Finnish winger likened his competition for the Maple Leafs' No. 1 pick - Auston Matthews - to Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, but claimed he has a better shot and is a better goal-scorer than his American counterpart.
"We're quite even," Laine said, according to Brown, after being asked by all eight teams he interviewed with to compare himself and Matthews. "Toronto will have a tough decision to make."
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed defenceman Brayden McNabb to a two-year contract.
The Kings announced the deal Saturday.
McNabb has been a dependable presence on defence the past two seasons, scoring 38 points in ...