NHL salary cap to be revealed to GMs, plus the latest on Niklas Backstrom, Jarret Stoll, Raffi Torres and much more.
NHL.COM: General managers will learn today what the NHL salary cap for 2015-16 will be. League commissioner Gary Bettman projects it’ll be between $70-$71 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word if next season’s cap figures will be officially released publicly today, though I daresay we’ll find out through the usual media sources.
ESPN.COM: Potential expansion into Las Vegas, the ongoing mess that is the Arizona Coyotes, approval for a coach’s challenge regarding goalie interference and the World Cup of Hockey are among the items likely to be on the agenda for the NHL Board of Governors meeting.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports the Minnesota Wild won’t receive cap relief for goalie Niklas Backstrom if they manage to buy him out. Backstrom recently underwent elbow surgery, which could affect any attempt to buy him out. However, because he was signed over the age of 35, the Wild still won’t receive cap relief from such a buyout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was thought that rule had changed under the current CBA. Russo, however, confirmed with both NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and Wild GM Chuck Fletcher that’s not the case.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll has been charged with felony cocaine possession stemming from his arrest two months ago in Las Vegas. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of four years in state prison, though he could also receive a suspended sentence and probation. “A felony conviction has the potential ability to impact Stoll’s immigration status.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Stoll has no prior criminal record, he’ll likely receive the suspended sentence and probation. However, the pending UFA’s NHL career could be in jeopardy.
CSN BAY AREA: For the second straight year, the San Jose Sharks are hopeful forward Raffi Torres makes a full recovery from knee surgery and can join them in training camp in September.
MAYOR’S MANOR: Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi has been confirmed as the general manager for Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning assistant coach George Gwozdecky is leaving the club to pursue other opportunities.
NHL.COM: The New Jersey Devils re-signed goalie Scott Wedgewood to a two-year, two-way contract
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders released their preseason schedule, which includes three games at Barclays Center.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers released their preseason schedule.
DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE: “Former Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Nathan Paetsch faces eight months home detention and must pay the U.S. government $265,000 as punishment for his role in an illegal gambling operation that was shut down last summer.”