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The NHL 2018-19 NHL salary cap is set

Though it’s been assumed for quite some time, we finally have a salary cap figure for the 2018-19 season. The salary cap ceiling has been set at $79.5 million while the basement $58.8 million

This is a pretty decent jump from last year’s $75 million total, though it didn’t get quite as high as the $82 million figure that some suggested it could all the way back in December. Still, a hefty jump like this will be helpful for a team like the Oilers navigating through some salary cap difficulties.

Edmonton has spent about $70 million on their current roster for next season. They still need to give new deals to restricted free agents Darnell Nurse and Ryan Strome. Depending on how much those two sign for, the Oilers will have a little bit of money left over to add a depth forward in free agency. At this point, we know the team won’t be making a big free agent splash, but this increase means it isn’t out of the question for the Oilers to add someone like Thomas Vanek or Michael Grabner to the mix.

The $4.5 million jump from last year’s ceiling is the biggest we’ve seen since it was raised $4.7 million between the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

  • Osmosis_jones

    Justin Faulk is a perfect fit in Edmonton. Sekera also had his best years playing along side him. I’d rather dump Sekera than Klef but we gotta do what we gotta do.

  • percy

    We need to get rid of the looch contract, hopefully swing a Simmonds deal. Simmonds on dri line would be good for 50 to 60 points.. JJ, Rattie, Kass ,Strome and Pul are going to have a break out year. Hopefully our goal tending holds up.well make the playoffs. Then use what ever cap space to acquire def help for the post season. I’m Percy and that’s the way I see it.

      • Spydyr

        Not unless Lucic, Sekera ,Klefbom,Benning,Talbot and many others and have huge bounce back years.

        It could happen stranger things have but it is a huge ask.

        • ed from edmonton

          One could also say that 12 or so players all having down years is a very unlikely occurrence. I think many of the Oil players will return to their expected performance.

          • Spydyr

            I expect Talbot to bounce back slightly and be an average to slightly below average starter, Lucic to get about forty points,Klefbom to be slightly better,Benning and Cags I think what you see is what you get. Sekera to improve but not until a few months in. The rest of the bottom six is still pretty weak as a whole. JJ is the only keeper out of that group. Nuge and Connor will continue to light it up and Drai will struggle because he has no one on his line. Nurse will continue his progress and Larsson will be his steady self. The rest, well I don’t see anyone improving very much some may even regress slightly. That being said there is always a surprise or two every season.

        • Spydyr

          For me it is absolute no brainer keeping the tenth pick. What should be a good player under team control for a decade instead of a few years for some help now. Then there is the Seattle expansion draft.

          What scares me is Chia is fighting to keep his job and most of his and the Oilers moves have failed,some miserably.